Three suburban passengers on Central Railway (CR) were injured and several others were inconvenienced on Sunday as the pantograph of a Kalyan-bound slow train caught fire between Mumbra and Kalwa stations.
The pantograph caught fire around 8.35am, soon after the train left Kalwa station.
The injured included two women and a man, who panicked after witnessing the fire from the footboard, and jumped off the train.
The services were withheld immediately and were restored only by 9am.
“The passengers panicked after seeing the fire and smoke on the pantograph and jumped off the train. The injured have sustained fractures and were immediately rushed to Shivaji Hospital in Kalwa,” said an official from the government railway police (GRP), Thane.
They have been identified as Diva residents Supriya Dombre, 54 and Ramdas Vithal Chavan, 48 and Heena Dilip, 45, from Vile Parle.
Many passengers, who were stranded on trains between stations for almost 20 minutes, were seen walking on the tracks.
“We had no clue as to when the services would be restored. The Railways did not make any announcements. As many passengers got off the trains and walked on the tracks, some of us also decided to do it,” said Rehman Khan, a Mumbra resident.
In addition to this, there was a megablock on the suburban lines, causing a delay 15 to 20-minute delay in the services.
The Thane to Kalyan fast trains were diverted to the slow line between the above stations, affecting the overall services.
Netravati Express scheduled to depart at 11.40am from Lokmanya Tilak Terminus (LTT) was delayed by more than two hours to leave at 2.30pm.