Saturday, February 12, 2011

Train drivers & guard save passengers

KOLKATA: General class passengers of the Howrah-Puri Express had a narrow escape in the wee hours of Friday after their compartment caught fire near Narayangarh station. Though nobody was injured, there was panic among passengers, and train services were disrupted for four hours.

Had it not been for the quick reaction of the drivers and guard, the fire could have spread to other compartments.

The fire in the SLR (luggage van-cum-general coach) was detected as the train approached Narayangarh, 142km from Howrah, around 12.56am. Pilot S Soren and co-pilot S K Banerjee applied emergency brakes and stopped the train on the outskirts of Narayangarh station.

With the help of guard S Tudu, they evacuated the SLR of the 25-odd passengers and detached it from the rest of the train, said a railway official. The driver and his assistant then drove the locomotive, with the burning SLR, to Narayangarh station, where firemen took three hours to put out the blaze.

SER general manager Vinay Mittal has asked officials to carry out inspections to see if inflammable and other dangerous cargo are being loaded in SLRs.

3 comments:

G.N.SHAW said...

very good work.

Alpesh leua said...

Dear Sir

My brother was serving as Goods Guard in Ahmedabad division but he was expired on duty due to cardiac attack in last march.

Shall Indian railways give any compensation money to his dependent?

shall educational allowance till continue for his children?

Please guide me

Alpesh leua said...

Dear Sir

My brother was serving as Goods Guard in Ahmedabad division but he was expired on duty due to cardiac attack in last march.

Shall Indian railways give any compensation money to his dependent?

shall educational allowance till continue for his children?

Please guide me

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