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Slug blamed for Japan railway chaos

/ 06:14 PM June 24, 2019
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A slug has been blamed for a power outage which halted dozens of trains and delayed 12,000 passengers in Japan, the railway operator said Sunday, June 23.

The power failed on a couple of lines serving southern Japan operated by Kyushu Railway Co., known as JR Kyushu on May 30.

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The company was forced to cancel 26 train journeys and delay other services, causing chaos in a country known for the efficiency of its punctual transport systems.

Weeks after the power outage, JR Kyushu said they had found the culprit — a slug, which had made its way into an electrical power device installed near the rail tracks.

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“We tracked down the device responsible for the power failure… We initially thought what is in there was a bug but it turned out to be a dead slug,” a company spokesman told AFP. Local media said the slug had been burned to death after short-circuiting the device.

The official said he did not know if this set a new precedent but described it as “rare.”

“We often have trouble with deer colliding with trains but not a problem with slugs,” he said.

JR Kyushu said it had checked similar devices in the area and confirmed there are no other slug intrusions. HM/JB

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