TOKYO: A bullet train in Japan was forced to make an unscheduled stop mid-route on Monday (Sep 26), in order to remove a snake from the train.
The Tokaido Shinkansen bullet train was travelling from Tokyo to Hiroshima when it had to make an emergency stop at Hamamatsu station.
Shinkansen from Tokyo to Hiroshima forced to stop in Hamamatsu. The reason...to remove a 30 cm long snake inside pic.twitter.com/phh5lO4rWy— michiyo ishida (@MichiyoCNA) September 26, 2016
According to NHK World, a passenger found a snake in one of the train's cars, causing it to make an unscheduled stop. Police said the snake was brown and about 30 centimetres long, adding they did not yet know if the snake was of a Japanese species, or how it got on the train.
Central Japan Railway said the train resumed its journey a couple of minutes later, and no delays to other trains were caused, according to NHK World.