Pipeline crashes on running train, 2 dead

Pipeline crashes on  running train, 2 dead

A huge water pipe crashes down on a running train in Mumbai on Friday morning disrupting the train services. PTI

The mishap occured during the busy morning hours. The part of the huge Kopri water pipeline and the under-construction bridge supporting it fell on a Kalyan-bound train, bringing the entire traffic on the Central Railways to a halt for several hours.

Motorman R Ramachandran was trapped inside the engine compartment for several hours and could not be saved. The other casualty was a commuter, a Central Railways spokesperson said.

Three injured victims were in a critical condition and being treated in a hospital.
Rescue workers were engaged in removing the debris and clearing the route for traffic.

The accident took place near the busy Thane station from where all trains entering Mumbai pass. Fortunately, the train was bound for Kalyan and not Mumbai. During the morning peak hours, the trains going to Kalyan or such destinations are almost empty while those coming to Mumbai are packed with passengers.

Probe ordered

Thane municipal commissioner Nandakumar Jantre said a probe would be conducted to ascertain the cause of the collapse. Those responsible for poor maintenance of the water pipeline bridge will not be spared, he said.

Railway minister Mamata Banerjee has announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh for the next of kin of the dead, one lakh for the seriously injured and Rs 10,000 for people with minor injuries. The train services were restored later in day.

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