Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Runaway Tube with No Driver Passes Six Stops

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Runaway Tube with No Driver Passes Six Stops

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Byline: Ross Lydall Chief News Correspondent

A TUBE disaster was narrowly averted today when a driverless train careered down the Northern line for almost four miles.

Tube staff rushed to divert passenger trains out of the way of the engineering train after it became detached at Archway and began rolling south.

It was not stopped until it reached Warren Street station 13 minutes later, when a steep rise to the station platform brought it to a halt.

Underground controllers frantically ordered trains ahead of the runaway train not to stop at stations to prevent it crashing into them when they called at stations.

One passenger said: "I was on the Tube ahead of the runaway train and we jumped seven stops. The driver told us that we had to move to the front of the carriage immediately as we had an emergency."

Other trains were diverted at Camden Town down the Northern line's Bank branch while the runaway train was ran onto the Charing Cross branch. …

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