Western Railway dismisses two motormen in Churchgate local train overshooting incident

The Western Railway has dismissed two motormen from service in connection with the mishap involving a suburban train in June last year.

A fast train coming from Bhayander had rammed into the dead end on platform no. 3 of Churchgate station, injuring five passengers and disrupting the suburban train services on the Western Railway line.

Churchgate local train crash
The fast train from Bhayander, dubbed the flying local by commuters, had overshot the tracks and part of it had landed on platform no 3 of Churchgate station. Pic/Bipin Kokate

As a result, its first coach had jumped onto the south-end concourse of the platform. Due to the impact, the wheels of the first coach were seen hanging in the air, ripping apart all the technical equipment in its lower part and also the overhead wire on upper side.

Following the incident, the Western Railway had launched an inquiry.

"We have suspended two motormen in connection with the incident," Divisional Railway Manager, WR, Shailendra Kumar told PTI.

Laxmi Shankar Tiwari, who was operating the train, and reserve motorman Siraj Ahmad, have been found guilty of negligence and not disclosing the facts, after an inquiry revealed that the train overshot its course because the motorman did not apply brakes in time, another railway official said.

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