Runaway Bus Causes Damage At Fukushima Daiichi

The bus used as a remote command center for the work to cut down the unit 1-2 vent tower took an unscheduled trip in November.

The bus was being prepared for use as work to dismantle the vent tower was to resume. The ignition key was left on the bus and for an unexplained reason a worker started the engine. Due to a problem in the electrical system the bus took off and they were unable to stop it. The foot brake, side break and clutch all failed to stop the bus. The bus was finally stopped by cutting the engine.

The bus is hooked up via electrical cables to a nearby pair of generators that provided power to the equipment inside the bus. The unexpected movement of the bus severed the power cables. TEPCO states that the engine power is not needed to operate any of the equipment on the bus. The key for the bus ignition will now be stored in an administration office to prevent another incident. TEPCO did not mention if the electrical hook up has since been repaired or if there would be a delay in preparing the bus for further use.

TEPCO report
TEPCO report translated to English (machine translated)

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