Take a look at Boston’s runaway train barreling through two stops without a driver

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Screen grab of runaway MBTA train.

Credit: MBTA via WCVB-TV

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) has released surveillance camera video of an unintentionally driverless Red Line train zipping through two commuter stops in December, a potential catastrophe triggered by the operator’s decision to wrap a rubber cord around the vehicle’s accelerator before stepping out to address a signal problem. The train left without him and travelled through a total of four stations before stopping after power was cut to the third rail.

While the episode itself was dramatic, to say to the least, the video – even this edited version from WCVB Channel 5 TV -- is underwhelming.

Even the people on the platforms didn’t seem to realize anything was wrong.

I told you it was underwhelming.

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