Andheri bridge collapse: Motorman saves hundreds from getting crushed

Jul 04, 2018, 12:40 IST | Suyash Karangutkar

The alert motorman, most probably the first one to spot the sign of impending disaster, saved hundreds of passengers by mere seconds

Andheri bridge collapse: Motorman saves hundreds from getting crushed
Chandrashekhar Sawant saw cables fall and applied emergency brakes in time. Pic/Rane Ashish

If you were on the 7.06 am Churchgate slow yesterday, you owe your life to Chandrashekhar Sawant. The alert motorman, most probably the first one to spot the sign of impending disaster, saved hundreds of passengers by mere seconds.

By the skin of their teeth
"The train left Borivli station at 7.06 am and pulled in at platform number 5 at Andheri around 7.30 am," he said, adding that barely had he moved the train out of the platform, when he saw a few cables fall from the bridge. "The train was moving slow, and within seconds, the entire portion came down."

Chandrashekhar Sawant
Chandrashekhar Sawant

Sawant immediately applied the emergency brakes, bringing the train to a halt mere 15 feet away from the bridge. "Just three seconds later we would have been under the bridge," he said, shuddering at the memory and close call.

On Harbour
Just then, another train had entered Harbour platform 2 from CSMT. Motorman S M Gamre said they saw the portion come down seconds after the train from CSMT entered the platform, having passed from under the bridge. "A frightened guard alerted us..." said Gamre, adding, "I was supposed to run the next trip to CSMT, but there was no chance of going ahead because of debris on tracks." Sawant and Gamre then made announcements in their respective trains to calm the commuters.

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