VIDEO: Driverless Delhi metro train crashes into wall before launch, draws mockery
NEW DELHI: A driverless Metro train in Delhi was hit by some glitch and crashed through a wall couple of days ago, just days before its launch by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Christmas.
According to reports, no one was hurt in the crash, which allegedly took place because the train’s brakes were disengaged. The Delhi Metro has blamed it on “human error and negligence” and has ordered a high-level inquiry.
Two coaches were badly damaged after the train, which was empty, went through a wall and barely missed crashing to the ground.
“A trial train was moved from the workshop without testing the brake system as a result of which, while the train was moving up the ramp for washing, it rolled back and hit the adjacent boundary wall,” the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation said in a statement.
Officials said at the workshop, the brakes of a train are usually disengaged so its systems can be checked thoroughly. The brakes should have been tested by the maintenance staff before the train left the shed.
“It appears this was not done…the person who took charge of the train did not check the brake…Without the brakes, the train rolled back when it was being taken on a washing ramp,” the statement.
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