A 42-year-old resident of Bratsk fell off a train heading from Moscow to the Sakha republic and chased it for 7 kilometers to survive the minus 40 degree Celsius temperature, a news report said Friday.
The man decided to go out to the train's vestibule for a cigarette but mixed up the doors while trying to get back in and, walking into total darkness, fell onto the train tracks, Kommersant reported. It is unclear why the door that led outside was left open.
Wearing only sweat pants, flip-flops and a T-shirt, the man attempted to catch up with the train in order to re-board, but when that failed he decided to run after it. Seven kilometers later, he reached the next stop on the train's route, where he received help.
The local transportation department of the Interior Minister is looking into the incident to determine why the exit door was left open on the train.