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article imageNear-naked Russian survives fall off train in -40 deg weather

By Anne Sewell     Jan 18, 2013 in Odd News
On Friday the 42-year-old man, a resident of Bratsk, accidentally fell from the train, wearing only a T-shirt, sweatpants and slippers, in -40 degree Celsius temperatures. He then started running.
He quite literally ran for his life for the next seven kilometers in the absolutely freezing cold trying to catch up with the train.
In yet another incident where smoking is bad for you, the man had apparently gone to the train's vestibule to enjoy a smoke. When heading back to his carriage, he opened the wrong door, which entered a non-functioning vestibule. As he stepped into the dark, he found himself in the forest, all alone and very cold.
The man had no luck catching up with the train, but after seven kilometers, he reached the next station, Richard Sorge (named after a Soviet spy from World War II), which was around 150 kilometers away from the train's final stop. There the man received help from the manager who provided first aid and some warm clothing.
According to a spokesman from the Interior Ministry's local transport department, “The 42-year-old man survived by sheer luck.”
Apparently an investigation into the incident has been launched, with police attempting to ascertain what actually happened and whether a train attendant forgot to close the door out of neglect.
According to Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper, the man is a driver working under a rotation system in Russia’s Far East. His employer told the newspaper that, “He is feeling fine, has already started working, and has suffered no bodily harm. Certainly, he had been very scared, but got over the shock.”
The train the man fell from was traveling from Moscow to Nerungri in the Far East of Russia and average winter temperatures in the area measure around -30 degrees Celsius.
While the experience was certainly not funny for the passenger, RT has published an amusing cartoon.
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