Friday, September 18, 2015

Mumbai: Thodupuzha native Vishwanathan Nair, a loco pilot with the Western Railway, averted a rail disaster with his timely intervention here.

After noticing that the coaches of a train travelling opposite to his train at Ville Parle were hurtling on to his track after derailing, Vishwanathan applied emergency brakes and notified the other loco pilot about the danger. The local train from Virar to Church Gate had derailed at 11 am. Vishwanathan, who was in charge of a train going from Church Gate to Borivilli, saw the derailed train's coaches encroaching onto his train's tracks.

He said, “I saw fire and smoke about 200 metres away and I applied emergency brakes and put on the hazard lights that alerted the other driver who also applied emergency brakes.”

The coaches, which were running out of control after derailing, had uprooted many electric posts on the way. Electrical fittings were destroyed as the train was speeding at about 60 km an hour. The driver of that train, however, did not notice the problem. If Vishwanathan had not alerted the other driver with the hazard warning, the train would have travelled further and collided with his train. He said that he was able to stop his train since it was travelling slowly. The derailed train came to a halt about 25 metres from his train.

Vishwanathan Nair has been with the Railways for close to 30 years. He has been congratulated by top Railway officials and colleagues

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