Man survives falling from Siberian train and running for four miles in -40C

Roshina Jowaheer
Man survives falling from Siberian train and running for four miles in -40C
Man survives falling from Siberian train and running for four miles in -40C



A man chased a train for 4.3 miles in minus 40C Siberia after he fell off a railway car in the Amur region - and still didn't manage to catch it.

RIA Novosti reports that the passenger was on the train travelling from Moscow to the Yakutian city of Neryungri and went for a cigarette in the car's vestibule but when he leaned on the door it was unlocked and he tumbled out onto the tracks.

Transport police said that though he was unhurt, he found himself stranded in the Siberian wilderness at night, wearing nothing but a T-shirt, trousers and slippers.

The Daily Mail reports that the man, named Valery Malkov, was undeterred by the conditions and began chasing the train.

The truck driver, thought to be from Bratsk in Russia's Irkutsk region, raced along the track for seven kilometres before he eventually stumbled upon a tiny station.

Police said that the thermometer stood at minus 40C and that Malkov chased the train to avoid death by hypothermia.

Mr Malkov said: 'When I was running I was not thinking about anything except for to get to the nearest post, station, anything.

'I don't know myself how I didn't freeze. And no, I never did winter swimming.'

When he arrived at the station, Mr Malkov found the stationmaster who quickly made him a cup of tea.

He stayed at the station overnight before continuing his journey in the morning.

Malkov told the Daily Mail: 'Perhaps something in the body activates itself when you find yourself in an emergency situation. And, well, the station was not far, 7km.

'I'm in these places often, and I remembered about the place and the distance.'

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