Tragedy averted at rly crossing

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Jun 20, 2014 11:42 IST

A major tragedy was averted after the driver of the applied brakes before reaching the Shastri Nagar railway crossing, which was negligently left opened.

The train had just departed from the Model Gram railway station and was therefore on slow speed. As it reached near the Shastri Nagar railway crossing, commuters, who saw the train approaching, signalled the train driver to halt as the railway crossing had not been closed.

Following their signal, the driver slowed down the train, and halted it for five minutes at the railway crossing.

Reacting quickly, the commuters also managed to shut the railway barrier.

An official from the train went to the gateman’s room, and then complained to the railway authorities that the gates were not closed by him.

A commuter, Gurwinder Singh, said, “When people immediately asked the commuters to stop, I moved ahead to see some people making efforts to bring down the railway barrier to avoid any tragedy.”

When contacted, railway station superintendent Ravinder Sharma claimed, “There is no such information that a gateman forgot to shut the gates. Somebody may have provided wrong information to you.”

However, Sharma informed that the wheels of a goods train got jammed on the tracks due to which people faced inconvenience, as some railway gates remained closed for more than 20 minutes.

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