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‘Cry for help was all I heard’

india Updated: Oct 22, 2009 00:07 IST
Gaurav Tiwari

It was around 4.50 a.m. The Goa Express had just crossed the Mathura junction when I was jolted out of my sleep. I almost fell from my upper berth. I leaned down and saw complete pandemonium in the coach. People wereyelling and trying to get out.

I thought the train had derailed. I stopped a bewildered pantry boy. He said amid sobs, “Some of my men are stuck in the pantry car as it has beenripped apart”. I ran towards the pantry car. Its front end was badly damaged. It was dark all around. I switched on my mobile phone light and saw a man trapped inside it. I could not make out if he was alive.

The track beneath the pantry car had caved in but I could get a glimpse of another train beyond that.

The Mewar Express too was in bad shape. All I could hear in the darknesswas cries for help. As dawn broke I saw injured passengers drenched in blood.

Police and administration personnel started trickling in around 6.00a.m. I returned to the pantry car and took one last peep. There were gas cylinders all around and mercifully they hadn't exploded.

The writer is senior sub-editor with Hindustan