A 48-year-old motorman driving a CST-Titwala local train on Thursday was injured after an iron sheet fell down from a bridge and injured his chest. The motorman has been admitted to a railway hospital in Byculla. Despite being injured, the motorman allegedly drove for 500m before safely halting the train at Thane railway station.
The motorman, Shrikant Balkrishna Kotuwar 48, is a resident of railway colony in Byculla. The incident took place between Mulund and Thane railway stations around 12.30am when the train was crowded. “I came to know about the incident on the same day around 6am,” said Kotuwar’s son Shamim, who claims his father suffered injuries on his chest and is in the ICU.
Repair work being undertaken at Kopri flyover by the railways engineering department allegedly caused the iron sheet to break. “This could have endangered the safety of several commuters also. This work was done in haste while suburban operations were on,” said senior railway official requesting anonymity.
The workers had been given permission to begin work at 1am. But they began work before that. “Around 12:30am, the CST-Titwala local was passing by the bridge when a huge iron shed fell on the bullet proof glass of the motorman’s cabin,” said Shamim, who claims his father drove the train for 500m despite being injured before halting the train at Thane railway station.
Here, the station manager and railway passengers came to his rescue and shifted him to Thane civil hospital and later to Byculla railway hospital.
“Railway authorities should take action against the contractor or any person who was carrying out the work because it risked the life of more than 100 people traveling in the local train that time,” claimed Shamim.
The service was later cancelled and sent to the Kalwa car shed.