- 20 Jan 2015
Having read the article, is there not a better way for the driver to contact the guard in a situation like this? And wouldnt the guard have checked anyway whether the train was fully on the platform?
A DOZY train driver is being probed after allegedly jumping out the vehicle with hundreds of travellers on board without putting on the brake - letting it roll down the platform.
The rail worker is believed to have panicked after undershooting the platform in Rosyth, Fife, and dashed to let a guard know he couldnt let people leave the train.
But he is thought to have forgot to put the brake on, meaning it was a runaway train before safety measures brought it to a halt.
Scotrail has now launched an investigation into the incident, which is believed to have happened shortly after 8am on March 14.
A source said: It seems this day hes driven short of the platform by mistake, meaning the back passenger door would have been off the platform.
People arent at their most alert that early in the morning, so could easily have ended up falling onto the tracks.
The driver has noticed and then dashed out to tell the guard not to let people leave, but clearly forgotten about the brake.
The trains then started rolling down the tracks, before thankfully the security back-up kicked in.
Its a real blunder and could have been a disaster if the doors were open and passengers were walking out as it moved. Its embarrassing for him and the company.
The driver works for an external company, Direct Rail Services, which does journeys in Fife for Scotrail.
Its been suggested the driver has been taken off trips involving passengers until the probe is completed.
A ScotRail spokeswoman said: We are aware of an incident at Rosyth and, together with Direct Rail Services, are conducting a full investigation into what happened.