TRAIN STARTS MOV­ING DUR­ING RE­PAIR, GUARD ES­CAPES UN­HURT

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - - Nation - Koushik Dutta let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

A guard of a train run­ning be­tween Howrah and Ben­gal’s pop­u­lar beach town of Digha had a mirac­u­lous es­cape on Fri­day af­ter the train started mov­ing while he was un­der the car­riage try­ing to fix a pipe that had de­tached.

The Digha-bound Howrah-Digha Ex­press moved some dis­tance with Rail­way Pro­tec­tion Force per­son­nel fran­ti­cally shout­ing, try­ing to catch the at­ten­tion of the driver.

The in­ci­dent hap­pened around 11.30 am on Fri­day, about 20 min­utes af­ter the train left Howrah. The guard, SN Roy, had gone un­der the coach to in­spect the rea­son it had stopped sud­denly. He de­tected that the air pressure brake sys­tem had a snag and was fix­ing it.

As soon as he cou­pled the pipe, the train started mov­ing. He then hung onto a pipe un­der the car­riage. Af­ter the train stopped, he got off it, un­hurt.

The RPF has is­sued a state­ment that its con­sta­ble Swarup Dutta, who had reached the spot, “main­tained his calm and im­me­di­ately, col­lected the walki­etalkie from the guard stuck in be­tween the mov­ing train. He ran be­side the mov­ing train with the walkie-talkie in his hands and con­tacted the train driver shout­ing at him to im­me­di­ately stop the train.” But the train kept mov­ing.

Dutta’s screams prompted an RPF per­son­nel on the train to pull the alarm chain, bring­ing the train to an im­me­di­ate halt.

“We have or­dered for an in­quiry into the in­ci­dent. Prima fa­cie, we sus­pect that it hap­pened be­cause of lack of com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween the guard and the driver,” said San­joy Ghosh, spokesper­son of South Eastern Rail­way, but rail­ways did not re­veal the name of the driver.

KOLKATA: RAIL­WAY OR­DERS PROBE BUT DIDN’T RE­VEAL NAME OF DRIVER. LACK OF CO­OR­DI­NA­TION IS SUS­PECTED AS CAUSE

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