Train driver, guard go beyond call of duty to save passenger

  • Umesh Singh, Hindustan Times, Gwalior
  • Updated: Sep 28, 2015 17:17 IST
The driver reversed the narrow gauge train to about 3 km to save a fallen passenger in Gwalior. (HT FILE PHOTO)

A train driver along with the guard of a narrow gauge coach plying between Gwalior and Sabalgarh set an exemplary example of humanity by saving the life of a passenger who fell off the moving train after losing balance near Banmore station on Saturday evening. Instead of just informing a station official of the incident, the driver took train in reverse about 3 km to save the fallen passenger.

After the young man slipped and fell off the moving train, passengers raised an alarm. But, amid the noise of the diesel engine, the drive was only able hear the commotion after the train had crossed 1251/1 railway milestone mark. Nonetheless, ignoring the rulebook, the drive-guard duo ran the train in reverse, picked up the injured man and administered first-aid, possibly saving his life. The injured was later identified as 22-year-old Subhash, son of Halkeram Vishnoi and a resident of Morena district.

Driver ML Paswan said, Subhash was admitted to Jaura Health Centre and his condition was said to be stable.

Train guard TV Sharma informed via phone from Sheopur that the narrow gauge train 52173 between Gwalior and Sabalgarh with its departure time of 3.20 pm was overcrowded and people were even sitting on the roof on Saturday. That is when Subhash, who was standing at the gate, fell off the moving train between Banmore and Ambkeshwar.

“We decided to help the passenger who had fallen from the train and drove back up around 3 km. An injured Subhash was howling in pain with possible internal injury. We picked him up and took him into the guard’s coach. We administered pain killer and first-aid before admitting him to the Jaura Health Centre,” Sharma said.

The matter was brought to the notice of transportation inspector GR Meena. Speaking to HT over the phone, Meena appreciated the train driver and guard going out of their way to help an injured passenger. He said it was part of the railways’ duty to also train their guards and driver to deal with medical emergencies.

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