The lives of hundreds of passengers on the Godavari Express were saved by an alert motorman who applied brakes from a long distance, after seeing a man abandon his motorcycle on the track and run away.
The incident occurred between Titwala and Ambivali stations on the Kalyan-Kasara line, and delayed many trains on the line by two hours.
Police Inspector Ashok Jadhav, Government Railway Police, Kalyan, said: “The Godavari Express motorman told us the man was crossing the tracks on his bike when he saw the train coming, and to save himself, left the bike on the tracks and ran into the vicinity. The motorman’s timely action saved hundreds of passengers travelling in the Godavari Express.”
Police have sent the bike’s registration number (MH 05 AL 8375) to the Kalyan RTO to identify its owner, as part of a joint investigation with the Railway Protection Force.
Mohammad Kureshi, a local of Ambivali village, said there is no safety gate at the location and people regularly cross the tracks the way the biker did.
“We’ve written many times to the railway authorities to put a level-crossing gate here, to save railway passengers as well as locals. Before this, there have been many accidents at this spot, many have died here.”
Apart from the two-hour delay, rail authorities also diverted traffic to another track.
Jadhav added: “We’re investigating the matter from all angles. Currently, we can’t say anything about the possibility of terrorist involvement.
We can say more only when get more information about the biker.”