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Video of train stopped at crossing while engineer buys snacks goes viral

  • Sausan Atika

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, November 8, 2019   /   04:39 pm
Video of train stopped at crossing while engineer buys snacks goes viral A technician performs a final check on the locomotive of a 20-container freight train at the Surabaya Freight Terminal in East Java. (JP/Wahyoe Boediwardhana)

Netizens are having a good laugh at a social media post showing an engineer apparently buying goods while stopping the train at a railway crossing.

The footage, posted on Thursday evening by Twitter account @Chamberafli, shows motorcyclists waiting for the stationary train to move and the crossing gate to open.

In the video, a man wearing an engineer's uniform and carrying a black plastic bag eventually walks toward the train, through the crossing and entering the locomotive's compartment.

“Buying snacks [while driving] a locomotive,” the account wrote.

The post had been shared by more than 40,000 accounts and garnered more than 37,000 likes from Twitter users as of 3 p.m. Friday.

Even though some assumed that the crossing gate remained closed and motorcyclists kept waiting because the engineer was buying snacks, many netizens responded to the video with light-hearted jokes.

Twitter user @Jibooond posted what appears to be a made-up conversation between friends, a post that garnered more than 200 likes from other users.

“Can I borrow your motorcycle, I want to buy coffee and snacks,” to which another person supposedly replies, "I don’t have [a motorcycle], just take the locomotive, here's the key."

Another account, @seyoosee tweeted, “Engineer: I don’t have anything to do while waiting for the train to enter the station, maybe I can buy snacks first.”

Account @Chamberafli, which first posted the footage on Twitter, later urged others in a tweet on Friday morning not to take the video seriously, saying that he posted it for fun as the train was actually making a stop at a station in Sukabumi, West Java.

State-owned train operator PT KAI was also quick to make a clarification on the matter, both through its Twitter handle @keretaapikita and through a media statement.

“It is not true that the crossing gate was closed while the train engineer went to buy food,” KAI spokesperson Edy Kuswoyo said in the statement on Friday.

The Pangrango train, serving the Sukabumi-Bogor route, stopped at Parungkuda Station in Sukabumi, he said, adding that video was filmed on Oct. 31.

The relatively short platform at Parungkuda Station results in locomotives protruding into the railway crossing when making a stop.

Edy emphasized that railway crossing was closed daily during its 3:45 p.m. journey from Sukabumi Station before arriving at Bogor at 5:48 p.m.

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