Indian passenger train ‘rolls backwards for 35km’

NEW DELHI (AFP) – An Indian passenger train rolled backwards for 35 kilometres, reports said on Thursday, in an alarming but injury-free incident caught in a video that went viral on social media.

The “mechanical failure” hit service from New Delhi to Tanakpur, Uttarakhand state, after the driver slammed on the brakes to avoid hitting an animal on the tracks, the NDTV channel reported.

The rail company later said the animal in question was a cow.

Reports said the out-of-control train reversed almost 35 kilometres, but the Railways Ministry did not immediately confirm the distance. A tight-lipped statement from North Eastern Railway said only that an “incident” on Wednesday occurred “due to cattle run over”. It did not elaborate on how the train was brought under control.