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Lady who Drove a Train into a House, I am Impressed


We frequently find ourselves impressed by the accomplishments of women around the world here. Whether it’s Sunita Williams being a total boss in space, the consistently awesome winners of Google’s Science Fair, or Anne Hathaway diverting a creepy question. But it’s safe to say this is a slightly different kind of impressed. Less… in awe, and more… grudgingly respectful?

Anyway, a Swedish cleaning lady drove a train into an apartment building and no one was injured.

In a suburb of Stockholm this week, a twenty-three year old member of the train operator’s cleaning staff took a locomotive for a brief joyride of about a mile, at which point I assume it reached a turn for which it was traveling too fast because it jumped its tracks, coasted another thirty yards, and then embedded itself in a nearby apartment building. Nobody was injured.

According to CBS, “The motives of the woman, who worked for a company contracted to carry out cleaning for the train operator, were not immediately clear.” In fact, nobody’s really sure how she got the keys to the train, or how she figured out how to use it, although, hilariously, a spokesperson for the train operator admitted that it’s not really that hard. “Generally speaking that’s possible even if you’re not a train driver,” he said. “You can read about it on the Internet, or observe how others do it.” He also noted that he’s only heard good things about her.

So, Swedish lady who drove a train into a building with no casualties, my hat is off to you. Not because you figured out how to drive a train, or because you lived the dream of millions upon millions of five year old children, but because you now have positively the greatest “Thing I did because I if I didn’t I would regret it for the rest of my life” story.

Good luck on your job search.

(via Death & Taxes.)

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  • http://zadl.org/ Captain ZADL

    Now I want to drive a train.

  • Anonymous

    Well, technically someone DID get injured – the woman herself.
    She had to be cut from the wreckage and flown to a hospital. She’ll live though.
    It could have gone so disastrously horrible, but since it didn’t – yeah, we laughed a lot!

  • Anonymous

    Not sure if this is a bait to comment-murder men who whould be stupid enough to do women-driving-skills jokes or not…

  • Travis Fischer

    I gotta tell you… the temptation is overwhelming…

  • Anonymous

    Small update. Unfortunately (or fortunately depending on how you look at it) it seems as if this was the result of a series of tragic mistakes, where the driver had left the keys in, some safety had been disconnected, and as she tilted the chair forward the driver’s stick was pressed and started the train. She panicked and moved back in the train, trying to get out.
    Someone is going to get punished all right, but if this story holds up it will be the company and the driver, not the poor cleaning lady.

  • Veronica

    I doubt she’ll need a new job or a while. Maybe she get out of jail.

  • http://melancholywise.tumblr.com/ Sophie

    Oh dear. Poor woman. I hope everything turns out all right for her.

  • Anonymous

    On the plus side, she’ll probably recover and face no legal repercussions. On the down side if this had been USA she would have gotten a monumental settlement, but the Swedish system doesn’t work that way.

  • http://melancholywise.tumblr.com/ Sophie

    Yes. Although the reason that you have that set up in America, is I imagine, partly to do with the issue of health care costs. She won’t have to worry about that in Sweden. It’ll all be free.