Jhelum Express derailment: ‘It’s a miracle there were no deaths’
Pantry car employees and four cops deputed in the Jhelum Express, 10 coaches of which derailed in the wee hours of Tuesday, said it was a miracle that there were no deaths in the mishap.punjab Updated: Oct 05, 2016 12:53 IST
Pantry car employees and four cops deputed in the Jhelum Express,10 coaches of which derailedin the wee hours of Tuesday, said it was a miracle that there were no deaths in the mishap.
Pawan Kumar, Ram Pal and Raju, pantry car employees, were fast asleep when the incident happened. There were 15 of them in that coach.
“We felt strong jolts. The train stopped after some jerks and we fell off our seats. We jumped out of the train and were shocked to see the coaches mangled. The passengers were struggling to come out of the coaches,” said Pawan, adding, “all 25 employees and four cops, who run with the train, went to each coach to help passengers come out. We saw a woman with a child and some others stuck under seats and rescued them,” he added.
Ram Pal said the S-7 coach was the most affected. They rescued two injured from it. As there was no electricity, the passengers faced problems in exiting the train.
VILLAGERS COME TO THE RESCUE
As villagers from Panjh Dhera and Motipur Khalsa came to know of the incident, they rushed to the spot and jumped into the rescue operation.
Motipur Khalsa village sarpanch Chandi Ram said passengers were in a state of shock. The villagers arranged tea and bread for them. They even stopped vehicles on the national highway and sent passengers to the bus stand and railway station. Meanwhile, help came from the district administration.
Jarnail Singh, Jagtar Singh, Lakhbir Singh, Lakhwinder Singh and Joginder Singh Chandi said they made announcements from the gurdwara as they came to know of the derailment, following which many came forward to help passengers.