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Drunk man's decision to walk 20km Simplon train tunnel costs him thousands

National News // Feb. 24, 2020

A young man is paying the cost of a bad drunken decision.

Pixabay Drunk man's decision to walk 20km Simplon train tunnel costs him thousands

In July last year the 19-year-old missed his train from Domodossola in Italy back to Brig in canton Valais.

He thought it would be a good idea instead to walk through the 20 km long Simplon train tunnel.

He started off using the torch on his mobile, but that soon drained the battery. He then groped his away along in the pitch dark for the next two hours.

After covering 17 km, a train driver spotted him and arranged a rescue.

The bills will now rack up. A court has fined him CHF 1,200 and he has to pay costs of CHF 1,150. But the train company is now adding up its costs due to cancelations and the rescue. That will also be in the thousands.

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