The incident took place on Friday evening in Katowice. The tram set off along the route between Katowice and Chorzów, picking up waiting passengers along the way. Another driver noticed an unscheduled tram and informed the dispatcher. It is reported by Railway Supply magazine with reference to Raport Kolejowy.


The dispatcher’s attempt to contact the driver of the stolen tram was unsuccessful. It was decided to remotely cut off the power supply of the tram line in the center of Chorzów. Only this stopped the tram. A police patrol was called to the scene and detained the 25-year-old driver. Fortunately, the hijacker did not damage the tram or cause any other damage related to the operation of the tram.

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According to a representative of Tramwaje Śląskie SA, the hijacker probably took advantage of the situation when an employee of a third-party company who carried out tram maintenance left one vehicle connected and went to another depot area. The guy just got on the tram and left.

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