The derailment of a goods train bogey could be avoided near Akola, Maharashtra, on December 6 — thanks to two vigilant railway officials.
According to a report in The Times of India, the train was passing Murtizapur Railway Station when the station’s deputy station superintendent Manoj Sontakke noticed a mechanical failure. He saw a hanging tank (auxiliary reservoir) on one of the coaches.
Realising that this could turn into a big threat, he immediately signalled guard Vikas Kumar Gupta. Gupta communicated with the loco pilot and emergency brakes were applied to prevent the bogey from getting derailed, thus avoiding a serious mishap.
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“This was indeed a very quick reaction by all the people involved in the safety of trains running across. An accident was avoided,” senior divisional operations manager Narpat Singh told TOI.
To ensure safety in the wake of the incident, trains heading to Bhusawal from Nagpur were stopped. After detecting 10 fractures on tracks near Niphad and Ghoti railway stations in November, the Central Railway’s Bhusawal division has been on an alert. The Railways have intensified the monitoring of the tracks as well. Special patrolmen have been assigned the duty of checking tracks.