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This Motorman Stopped a Local Train in Mumbai to Save a Life – a Dog’s!

The loco pilot, RP Meena, was steering the train into Churchgate station, when he saw a dog on the tracks.

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Two-wheelers and four-wheelers often have the ability to jam on the brakes when a stray animal crosses the road unexpectedly.

But what happens when a dog is decides to hit one of the busiest local rail networks in the world—the Mumbai Suburban train system?

One would think the poor animal was run over by a rushing local train. But it looks like one particular dog had the blessings of some greater force – the motorman!

For representational purposes. Source: Wikimedia.

In an unbelievable turn of circumstances, a local Mumbai sub-urban train made an unexpected halt—something that is unheard of among the Mumbai locals—just to save the life of a dog on Tuesday afternoon.

The loco pilot, RP Meena, was steering the train into Churchgate station, when he saw a dog on the tracks. Even after slowing the train down, it continued to remain on the tracks as if in a staring competition with the local commuter. Relentless blaring of horns also didn’t budge the animal.

Finally, one man, who was waiting for the train on the platform, decided to put an end to the ‘dog versus train’ standoff. Getting down to the tracks, he lifted the dog and moved him to safety amidst a cheering crowd of onlookers, who appreciated the thoughtfulness of the motorman.


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Upon being lauded for his compassionate deed, Meena told The Indian Express that it was all in a day’s work for him and wasn’t a big deal.

Well, had it not been the selflessness of the man, the dog would have become just another addition to the long list of stray animals who are run over by rushing vehicles on a daily basis.

So we are glad this was a special day indeed.

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Written by Lekshmi Priya S

Shuttling between existentialist views and Grey's Anatomy, Lekshmi has an insanely disturbing habit of binge reading. An ardent lover of animals and plants, she also specializes in cracking terribly sad jokes.