In what sounds like a scene from a Buster Keaton film, a runaway tram in Prague was pursued through the Czech capital’s streets by its driver on a bicycle as he tried to stop it before it reached the city centre.
The tram, which had no passengers on board, started its driverless journey at a depot in the Motol district where – presumably in grainy black and white footage with a dramatic piano accompaniment – it burst through the gates and rolled along the tracks, chased by its driver on his bike.
Eventually – cue black card showing a light bulb and the word “Idea!” – some bright spark at the depot thought of switching the electricity off, but not before the tram had travelled a mile along a busy road towards the city centre and the driver had suffered light injuries trying to get into the cab.
A spokesman for the Rail Safety Inspectorate told Associated Press that the incident was most likely due to human error.
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.