Student crosses tracks listening to music, run over
Listening to loud music claimed the life of a 20-year-old student who was hit by a train while crossing the racks at Kurla station on Monday morning.mumbai Updated: Feb 14, 2012 01:14 IST
Listening to loud music claimed the life of a 20-year-old student who was hit by a train while crossing the racks at Kurla station on Monday morning.
Saurabh Pednekar, who was a Bachelor of Science student at Ruia college in Matunga, had his earphones on and was listening to music due to which he could not hear people shouting and warning him against the approaching train, which was coming at a high speed.
The incident took place around 8am. Pednekar, who was a resident of Chembur, had taken a train from Tilak Nagar station to Kurla, from where he was to board a train for Matunga on the central line. He was crossing the tracks to come to platform 4 from platform 5 in order to board the train, the Kurla railway police said.
“Pednekar was listening to music on his phone. He did not see the down Pushpak Express heading towards him at a great speed. Commuters on the platform tried to alert him but did not succeed as he could not hear them. He was run over by the speeding train,” said Shivaji Dhumal, senior inspector, Kurla railway police.
The station manager at Kurla station informed the railway police who rushed to the spot and took Pednekar to Rajawadi Hospital, where he was declared dead on arrival. His body was sent for autopsy. The Kurla railway police have registered a case of accidental death.
Pednekar was identified with the help of his college identification card. The police got in touch with the college management who gave the number of his parents who were then informed about the incident.
Pednekar was staying with his brother as his parents were in Aurangabad for a wedding. “It is very dangerous to listen to music while you are on the platform. Once you board the train and are safely seated then there is no harm. However, even then the volume should not be high,” said Dhumal.