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 a temperature of minus 40 degrees Celsius.
The man went out to the train’s vestibule for a cigarette. But he mixed up the doors while trying to get back in and, walking into total darkness, fell onto the train tracks, Kommersant reported Friday.
It was unclear why the door that led outside was left open.
Wearing only sweatpants, flip-flops and a T-shirt, the unidentified passenger attempted to jump back onto the train, 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 Ministry is looking into the incident to determine why the exit door was left open on the train.