Updated: June 11, 2014 1:27:19 am
A fast local to Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) was travelling at 40 kmph when motorman Mohanlal Sukhlal (46) saw a 30 foot high Eucalyptus fall 500 metres ahead, on platform 6, at Dadar railway station Tuesday evening.
Sukhlal immediately applied the emergency brakes, and at 5.55pm, the fast local from Ambernath stopped 70 metres short of the tree which came crashing down on platform 6, 5 and 4. It damaged the Overhead Electric Equipment and disrupted services on both the Up and Down fast services for the rest of the evening on Central Railway (CR). Over 30 services were cancelled and several were delayed up to 20 minutes due to the incident.
The motorman took over as the pilot of the fast train at Kalyan railway station at 5.09pm. After a scheduled halt of 20 minutes at Dadar station, the train resumed its journey, with the motorman increasing the speed of the train gradually. However, as the speed touched 40kmph, he saw the tree bend and fall on the platform ahead.
The fire brigade arrived at 6.40pm to remove the tree. While the down fast line was restored at 8.10pm, the Up fast was restored after 8.30pm, said CR authorities.
“Services were diverted through the slow line. There was a delay of 20 minutes in services due to the incident,” said Narendra Patil, Chief Public Relations Officer, CR.
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