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Rail engine travels 16 km without driver in Pak

A railway locomotive travelled 16 km without a driver in Pakistan's Punjab province today, going past four level crossings, though there were no reports of any loss of life or property.

world Updated: Sep 27, 2011 19:31 IST

A railway locomotive travelled 16 km without a driver in Pakistan's Punjab province on Tuesday, going past four level crossings, though there were no reports of any loss of life or property.

The freight train locomotive was at Kundian railway shed for repairs when it suddenly began moving without a driver on board due to a fault in its electrical system, Assistant Traffic Officer Naseer Ahmed Khan told the media.

Staff at the railway shed tried to board the engine and stop it but were unable to do so.

The locomotive covered 16 km from Kundian to Mianwali railway station in an hour at speeds of up to 40 km an hour.

The engine crossed four level crossings in Mianwali city but there were no reports of loss of life or property, officials said.

The locomotive finally came to a halt after staff at Mianwali railway station put it on a dead-end line.