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Mumbai woman gets hit by train while threatening friend with suicide, dies

Threatening her friend that she would kill herself, a young woman got down on the tracks at Santacruz station on Sunday; but what was to be a mere scare tactic robbed her of her life

Blinded by angst directed at her boyfriend, a 20-something woman jumped on the railway tracks at Santacruz on Sunday night to threaten him with suicide. Her threat was unwittingly realised when a darting train knocked her down almost instantly, right in front of his eyes.

The young woman and her friend are locked in a bitter argument on a bridge at Santacruz railway station on Sunday night. Illustration/Amit Bandre
The young woman and her friend are locked in a bitter argument on a bridge at Santacruz railway station on Sunday night. Illustration/Amit Bandre

While her friend scurried away, she was rushed to Cooper Hospital where, two days later, she succumbed to her injuries. The police have not yet been able to ascertain who she was, since no identification was found on her person. Her friend, also unidentified, couldn’t be traced.

They climb down to a nearly deserted platform 4, continuing to fight. The woman, now greatly agitated, jumps on the tracks, threatening him with suicide
They climb down to a nearly deserted platform 4, continuing to fight. The woman, now greatly agitated, jumps on the tracks, threatening him with suicide

Witnesses told the police that they saw her on Sunday night at Santacruz station, standing and arguing with a young man on the bridge at the middle of the station premises. The two had been bickering for a while.

But, when she realises that a train is approaching the platform speedily, she scampers for safety, but is only able to climb back up halfway. The train hits her, hurling her through the air 20 feet away. Her dumbstruck companion makes a headlong dash, disappearing into the night
But, when she realises that a train is approaching the platform speedily, she scampers for safety, but is only able to climb back up halfway. The train hits her, hurling her through the air 20 feet away. Her dumbstruck companion makes a headlong dash, disappearing into the night

They then went down to platform number 4-5, where fast trains zip by without a halt. The couple resumed their argument here. Since it was the Sunday after Diwali, there were very few people at the station.

The unidentified woman was admitted at Cooper Hospital on Sunday. She died yesterday
The unidentified woman was admitted at Cooper Hospital on Sunday. She died yesterday

Around 9.30 pm, the agitated young woman leapt down on the tracks, threatening her friend that she would end her life, but he remained on the platform some 15 feet away. Right at that time, an approaching fast local rattled the tracks. When the motorman blew the horn, the girl panicked, confused as to which side to run.

She hustled back to the platform, but it turned out to be the wrong call. She managed to get on the platform, but could prop herself up only halfway when the speeding train hit her on the left side, flinging her body around 20 feet away on the platform.

Having watched the collision dumbfounded, her friend scooted from the spot. The woman was taken to Cooper Hospital, where she was kept on ventilator until she gave up on Tuesday morning. A Bandra railway police officer said, “From her appearance, the girl seemed to be from a well-to-do family. Nothing was found on her, not even her shoes; maybe everything was scattered following the train’s impact.

We have circulated her photo at several places, but haven’t got a lead yet. Her friend is nowhere to be found. Anyone known to the girl should inform the Bandra railway police and take possession of the body, or contact the police at 022-26422047.”

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