15-year-old Kerala boy crushed to death by goods train near Mumbai

Mumbai city news: To avoid the foot overbridge as they had heavy luggage, the family decided to cross the tracks on to platform 7.

mumbai Updated: May 24, 2017 18:19 IST
Ram Parmar
Ram Parmar
Hindustan Times
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Austin Anthony.(HT)

A train ran over a 15-year-old boy, while he was passing luggage to his family on the tracks at Vasai on Wednesday.

Austin Anthony was a Class 10 student of Bharati Vidya Bhavan School in Kerala. He was to go back to Kerala with his family by train. To avoid the foot over-bridge as they had heavy luggage, the family decided to cross the tracks on to platform 7.

A goods train was parked at the platform. The boy stood between two container coaches and helped the family driver pass on the luggage to him, which he passed on to his father on the platform, where their train was supposed to arrive. While they were at it, the train moved a little and the boy slipped and fell on the tracks between the two coaches. The train mowed him down in front of his family.

The family was leaving by the Indore-Kochuveli Express and had arrived at Vasai station at 10.30am, nearly an hour before the train arrived.

“The goods train started moving suddenly and Austin lost balance and fell in the gap on the tracks, and the train ran over him, killing him instantly,” said Salim Taj, who witnessed the incident. “The father tried to rescue him but in vain. He suffered head injuries and was administered first aid.”

Austin was to get his CBSE results on Thursday.

The Vasai GRP have registered a case of accidental death and the body has been flown to Kerala for the funeral on Wednesday evening.

Ravinder Bhakar, CPRO, Western Railway (WR), said passengers avoid using the over-bridge and take short cuts through the tracks, risking their lives. “The family should not have used the tracks. The WR had constructed a stone wall all along the eastern side of Vasai Road station, but people drill holes. We reconstruct it but more such breaches are made.”

First Published: May 24, 2017 18:19 IST