May 2, 2016 3:25:07 am
A 40-year-old man and his eight-year-old son were crushed to death by a train at the Pataudi railway crossing in Gurgaon district. Police said the incident took place at 12.15 pm Sunday at the unmanned crossing, ahead of Khalilpur-Inchhapuri junction near Pahari village.
The victims have been identified as Ravinder and his son Aayush. Police said they were on their way to pick up Ravinder’s wife in their Santro. To save time, Ravinder decided to cross the railway track when the Jaipur-Delhi Summer Special train hit the car.
The car was dragged for about 400 metres despite the driver applying emergency brakes, said a Gurgaon railway police officer.
The driver immediately informed the station master and Gurgaon-Pataudi railway police. Meanwhile, railways officials rushed to the spot.
According to police, Ravinder took the crossing as the overbridge was under construction.
Immediately after the incident, angry residents from nearby villages blocked the tracks for close to four hours and protested against railway authorities for not checking the crossings on a regular basis.
According to residents, the guard deployed at this particular crossing was not at the spot when the accident occurred. Arwind, in-charge of the Gurgaon railway police, said, “We will look into the incident as residents have alleged the guard was not at the spot. He will be penalised accordingly. We will also make sure the crossings are manned at all times.”
He added, “The bodies have been sent for post-mortem examination. The car has been badly crushed. We have spoken to eyewitnesses and railway employees and investigation is on.”
The railway route was finally opened at 4.30 pm. According to railway officials, four trains — three express and one passenger train — were delayed due to the protest. They added that the engine of the summer special train had to be replaced with another engine before services could resume.
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