A major mishap was averted on the Western Railway (WR) on Friday afternoon when a dumper was stuck near the railway track between Bhayander and Mira Road. The incident took place around 2.40pm. A dumper (MH 04 FI 4833) carrying stones for the construction of a rail overbridge (ROB) was unloading the material when one of its wheels got stuck in a cement blocks near the railway track.
At the time, a Virar-Dadar local running at the speed of 80kmph was headed towards Meera Road. The motorman, Santosh Kumar, saw the dumper standing precariously close to the track and immediately applied the emergency brakes. The train came to a halt a little distance away from the vehicle, sources said Following the incident, the train was stuck between the two stations till 3.20pm, which affected the suburban services of the WR. Commuters complained of trains running at least 10 minutes late.
The Railway Protection Force (RPF) detained the driver. During investigations, they found that the dumper belonged to a contractor, KM Raj. Sharat Chandrayan, chief public relations officer, WR, said “Trains were stopped only for 10 minutes.” He, however, refused to give any further details about the incident.