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BUCHAREST (Reuters) - A Romanian train driver leapt aboard a runaway engine to stop it after having left the brake off in a station but was killed when the stunt backfired, railway police said Wednesday.


Ioan Colceriu, 55, was at a train station in the central town of Odorheiu Secuiesc, when he realized he had forgotten some papers in the station office. He went to fetch them but forgot to put the hand brake on the engine.


When the engine moved off without him, the driver flagged down a taxi and chased it for six km (3.7 miles) before catching up with it. He jumped aboard the moving engine but slipped and fell under its wheels, railway police said.


The engine traveled another 26 km until it was stopped by rail workers. "If you panic, you pay with your life," railway police officer Constantin Nut told Reuters.


(Reporting by Marius Zaharia; Editing by Peter Millership)
 

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Ow. Mistakes and trains just don't work together.
 

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No stunt, bad workplace practices, guy tried to rectify the mistake by chasing the train, but made a fatal error of judgement trying to reboard the engine, sad news, but no stunt, it was not an intentional act, so no Darwin Award as there was no intentional stupidity, just bad judgment. Violates Darwin's own rules regarding accident deaths.
 
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