Japan cancels 26 trains. Culprit behind the chaos?

Japan cancels 26 trains. Culprit behind the chaos?

A tiny slug has been held responsible for causing major chaos in Japan railways in May. The insect managed to crawl into an electrical power device near the rail tracks.

In a completely bizarre incident, a slug has been found responsible for a power cut that disrupted rail traffic and caused enough inconvenience to passengers in Japan on May 30, AFP reports. The tiny insect, as per the railway operator, managed to crawl into an electrical power device near the rail tracks and thus, caused havoc.

As a result of the power cut, around 12,000 passengers failed to arrive at their respective destinations on time as trains were halted. Lines serving southern Japan operated by Kyushu Railway Co., known as JR Kyushu, were affected as 26 train journeys were cancelled while other services were delayed.

It is a “rare” incident, as per a spokesperson for JR Kyushu, who also told AFP that officials initially were of the opinion that a bug could be a culprit. But further investigation revealed that it was nothing but a dead slug.

“We tracked down the device responsible for the power failure… We initially thought what’s in there was a bug but it turned out to be a dead slug,” the spokesperson was quoted as saying by AFP.

As per a report in BBC, Japan Railways said that the slug’s electrocuted remains were discovered inside the electrical power device.

Speaking about the incident, the spokesperson also told AFP: “We often have trouble with deer colliding with trains but not a problem with slugs.”