Even though railway authorities have stepped up efforts to prevent people from crossing tracks by putting up warning signs, commuters paying no heed to them continue to pay with their lives. Yesterday, a reckless teenager, Priyanka Jadhav (19), was crushed to death while walking along the tracks at CBD Belapur railway station at 8.55 am on the Harbour line.
A resident of Mankhurd, Jadhav was on her way to Yerala Medical Trust School of Nursing in Kharghar, where she was training to be a nurse.
Soon after the incident, the railway police rushed her to the MGM hospital in Belapur, but doctors pronounced her dead on arrival.
“The victim was walking along the track towards CBD Belapur station when the accident occurred. There are possibilities that she may have jumped in front of the train with the intention to commit suicide. The railway police are investigating the accident and will record the statement of the motorman. As of now, an accidental death report has been lodged with the Panvel railway police, and the suicide angle is also being probed,” said a railway police official, on condition of anonymity.
The body was then sent to Navi Mumbai Municipal Hospital in Vashi for an autopsy. “The post mortem reports show that she sustained a severe blow to the head, suffering major fractures to the skull and lost a large quantity of blood, which was the cause of her death. She succumbed to her injuries on the way to the hospital,” said a NMMC hospital official, on condition of anonymity.
According to eyewitnesses, Jadhav was heading towards the northern end of the station when a Wadala-bound train struck her, a few metres away from platform number three.
Although the police are investigating the suicide angle, Jadhav’s family has ruled it out, as they have no reason to believe that she would take her own life.
“She did not seem to be depressed or upset about anything in the past few days and we definitely feel it is an accident,” said Ganesh Jadhav, the victim’s uncle.