For one hour, a 40-year-old man lay injured on the railway tracks near Marine Lines station on Sunday, bleeding profusely, before railway staff rushed him to GT Hospital.
Witnesses said the victim was hit by an unknown local train near Marine Lines station around 8.30 pm. The Government Railway Police (GRP) at Churchgate station confirmed the accident and said he had fallen from a local train.
“At 8.40 pm, I was riding my scooter on the road adjacent to Marine Lines station when I saw a crowd gathered near the tracks leading to platform four,” said Samir Zaveri, director of the Mumbai Suburban Railway Passenger Association (Accidents).
Some GRP men, a Home Guard from the Railway Protection Force (RPF) and a railway staff member were at the spot.
“People in the crowd told me the man had been lying on the tracks for 30 minutes. When I asked the railway staff about the reason for the delay, they casually told me they would inform the station master, after which the GRP would be given a memo,” Zaveri added.
While writing out the memo, the station master noted that the mishap took place at around 9 pm.
Zaveri immediately informed a slew of railway authorities about the incident. “Despite all my yelling at the railway staff, they did not give any first-aid to the victim. His hand and legs were badly injured and he was bleeding profusely. And they had already bundled the victim into a sheet of cloth as if he were dead,” said Pravin Tripathi, another witness.
With the clock ticking away, the railway men finally shoved the victim into a taxi and took him to GT Hospital at 9.35 pm.
At the time of going to press, the case had not been registered with the GRP. Preliminary inquiries were on. Railway officials were not available for comment.