Three members of a family died when they were hit by the Howrah-Mumbai Express mail while crossing tracks between Kopar and Dombivli railway stations on Tuesday.
“The deceased were residents of Ashapura Kripa building at Kopar. The couple Sunil Khadye, 30, and Sakshi, 26, had gone to fetch their daughter Anushree, 4, who was a junior kindergarten student at Don Bosco School in Dombivli, and were returning with her,” said inspector Shivajirao Baagal, government railway police, Dombivli.
Eyewitnesses told the police that there was heavy downpour during the incident and all the three were in the same umbrella when the train hit them.
The deceased were identified by Anushree’s school identity card.
“When there is a foot over-bridge, why do people use railway tracks? These tracks are meant for trains and not for people. The railway has conducted many awareness campaigns and the media, too, has taken this issue seriously and published articles on it. Sadly, people still prefer to use the tracks and not the bridge, which turns fatal at times,” said Baagal.