India engineless train rolls back for miles
employees have been suspended
after 22 carriages carrying
1,000 passengers detached from a
train and sped backwards for
11km (seven miles) in the
eastern Indian state of Orissa.
The runaway carriages were halted by railway staff
after they placed rocks on the tracks.
None of the people on the train were injured in the
incident, which occurred on Saturday night, officials said.
More than 22 million Indians commute daily on about
A video of the incident, caught on a mobile phone
camera, showed onlookers screaming as the carriages rolled backwards and
past a railway platform.
The suspended employees allegedly did not follow
protocol and an investigation has been launched, JP Mishra, a spokesman
for the railway ministry, told AFP news agency.
Officials believe that the brakes that are normally
applied when a carriage is detached were incorrectly used or overlooked.
"Something ghastly could have happened and it was
averted by alert staff," Mr Mishra said.
Such incidents are not uncommon in India. Across the
country, trains carry more than 22 million passengers every day but much
of the equipment is out of date.
Last November, a group of Indian farmers woke up to
find that the train they were travelling on had sped 160km (99 miles) in
the "wrong direction". In August 2017, at least 23 people were killed
when a train derailed in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh.
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