Germany: Driverless train catches fire, then ‘escapes’ police

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A “ghost train” escaped authorities after catching fire in Germany.

Firefighters and police rushed to the village of Strauss at 3am on Friday after receiving news of the blaze.

When they arrived, the driverless diesel engine was well heated.

But the situation soon turned into a wild chase when the train sped away on its own.

It began chugging towards Austria as firefighters and police officers trotted behind it.

The train had rolled several kilometers in the direction of Freilassing before finally being brought to a standstill.

A video posted online by the Freilassing Volunteer Fire Department showed flames and smoke pouring out of the train as it swept through the city.

While the fire brigade was in pursuit, the railway officials managed to steer the “ghost train” onto a siding near Freilassing station.

(Image: Freilassing Volunteer Fire Department)

The “ghost train” avoided the firefighters for several kilometers (Image: Freilassing Volunteer Fire Department)

It was then stopped by a buffer before it could cross the border.

The fire was extinguished and no one was injured, the Bavarian Red Cross said in a statement.

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