“The train was running at the speed of about 50km/hour. We were just 50-60 meters away when I saw the bridge collapsing. It happened right in front of me.”
At around 7.30 this morning, a section on the Gokhale bridge in Andheri, Mumbai, collapsed. The bridge was a part of the Andheri railway station and collapsed on the tracks. The highly dangerous incident has reportedly injured five people, but fortunately, no casualties have been reported so far.
The fallen bridge was certainly a threat to those on the platform, but it was even more so for the local train which was just a few meters away from where it collapsed.
‘Came to Mumbai With Rs 24 & No Cinema Dreams’: Celebrity Photographer’s Uphill Battle
Munna Thaakur is a well-known celebrity photographer today, but had to fight tooth and nail to be able to support his family. He recalls the struggles of chasing his dream, and how he made it to where he is today.Read more >
The local train travelling from Churchgate to Dahanu was approaching the Andheri station. Another local had passed the route, just a few seconds ago.
Speaking to The Better India, Chandrashekhar Sawant, who was driving the Western Railways train said, “The train was running at the speed of about 50km/hour. We were just 50-60 meters away when I saw the bridge collapsing. It happened right in front of me. So I applied the emergency brakes and stopped just in time.”
It’s scary to think what tragedy could have befallen the train passengers, had Sawant been just a little late in applying the emergency brakes.
When we contacted him, Sawant was still on duty, unmoved by the tragedy that he had averted just this morning.
“We can’t just leave our vehicle,” he said, adding, “In the morning, after stopping the train, I informed the guards and authorities about what had happened, put on the flasher light as a signal and stood with a red flag to stop other trains. We are trained to do this.”
You may also like: Ghatkopar Crash: Pilots Steered Away From Homes, Saved Lives at Cost of Own!
Siddhesh Sawant, the heroic driver’s nephew, told TBI, “He is an ex-army man. So protecting lives is his duty. Nevertheless, I am proud of him. In fact, we all are!”
The early morning local carried hundreds of passengers. The delay of a few seconds could have been a tragedy that we would rather not imagine.
People quickly took to Twitter to thank Sawant on his presence of mind. His quick action saved hundreds of Mumbaikars from a horrible mishap today.
Saluting d presenc of mind of d driver who put an emergency break juz 100mts b4 d #bridge wich collapsed #Andheri. Imagine d huge mishap orelse. @bmcmumbai @AUThackeray @uddhavthackeray #AndheriROB #MumbaiBridgeCollapse #MumbaiRains @RailMinIndia
Once Madhubala’s Fav, Iconic Mumbai Eatery Crafts Natural Ice Cream in Wooden Barrels
Aamir Icecreamwala is now the face of Taj Icecream in Mumbai, an iconic eatery that has been making icecreams in wooden barrels since 1887, and once served the likes of Madhubala and Johnnie Walker.Read more >
— Mrinalini Singh (@i_mrinalini) July 3, 2018
— Pankaj Bhayani (@pankaj_bhayani) July 3, 2018
(Edited by Shruti Singhal)
Like this story? Or have something to share?
Write to us: email@example.com
Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.
NEW: Click here to get positive news on WhatsApp!
Mumbai Street Food Guide: ‘My Top 6 Spots for the City’s Best Flavour Bombs’
Mumbai's Jagruti Punjabi a celebrated food blogger takes us through the city streets and highlights the best spots for street food.Read more >