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Two suspended, probe ordered over train speeding in water at a station in Mumbai

The video of the incident apparently shot by a passenger waiting for the suburban local train at Nallasopara station went viral on social media on Wednesday morning.

mumbai Updated: Sep 21, 2017 23:31 IST
Aroosa Ahmed
Aroosa Ahmed
Hindustan Times
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Train splashes water on the commuters in Nallasopara Station, Mumbai. (Facebook/ Myron Anthony)

The Western Railway authorities have found that the outstation train that passed the flooded tracks of Nalasopara station on Wednesday, compromising the safety of passengers on board and commuters on the station, was Jaipur Superfast and it was at a speed of 110kmph.

The incident occurred after Virar station master forgot to inform the driver that a caution had been issued saying all trains were to run at 8kmph owing to heavy rainfall.

The WR has suspended the Virar station master and the express loco pilot. It has also formed a three-member committee to probe the incident.

After the station master forgot to inform the driver about water logging on the tracks, he operated the train at full speed splashing the water on to the commuters at the platform. A video of the incident, shot by a commuter waiting at Nalasopara station, went viral on social media on Wednesday morning.

Western Railway sources said waste collected on the tracks had resulted into waterlogging.Local civic officials visited the tracks and removed the waste.

Sunil Patil, from Churchgate to Virar Passenger Association, wrote to Western Railway saying, “This could have easily resulted in an untoward incident if the commuters were standing any closer to the tracks.”

First Published: Sep 21, 2017 13:52 IST