Thanks to the quick thinking of three 11-year-old boys, a major train tragedy was averted on Sunday morning.
Sagar, Shakti and Nishant noticed a gap on the tracks along the Delhi Shamli-Saharanpur section of the Northern Railway between Thanabhawan and Heend railway station.
A moment later, they saw the Delhi-bound 4SSD passenger train speeding towards disaster. One of them waved a red sweater to alert the driver, who applied the emergency brakes. The train stopped just half a kilometer from the fractured track.
Thanks to the timely action of the boys, the train passengers and the employees of an agricultural farm living near the track were saved.
Nishant, the son of a gunman from the farm, was walking with his two friends when they noticed the gap. After stopping the train, the driver walked up to the boys and gave them a pat on the back.
It took an hour and 20 minutes to repair the track after which the train left the spot. The Special Superintendent of Police Muzaffarnagar has forwarded the names of the boys for the bravery award.