PATNA, India Hundreds of Indian rail passengers
got more than they had bargained for when the driver of their
train asked them to get out and push.
It took more than half an hour to move the stalled electric
train 12 feet (4 metres) so that it touched live overhead wires
and was able to resume its journey, officials said on
The incident occurred in the eastern state of Bihar on
Tuesday after a passenger pulled the train's emergency chain
and it halted in a "neutral zone", a short length of track
where there is no power in the overhead wires.
"In so many years of service in the railways, I have never
come across such a bizarre incident," said Deepak Kumar Jha, a
spokesman for Indian Railways.
A train's momentum usually allows it to continue moving
through neutral zones.
India's rail network carries more than 15 million people
daily -- more than the combined population of Norway and Sweden
-- but its safety record often comes in for criticism.