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Alert Loco Pilot averts disaster on Howrah-Mumbai train; his deputy dies discharging his duties

Loco Pilot DL Bramhe noticed smoke in Loco of Howrah–Mumbai and immediately applied emergency brakes and used the fire extinguisher to put off the fire

The Hush Post: An alert Loco Pilot averted a potential disaster on the Howrah-Mumbai train (train number 12810) and saved the lives of hundreds of passengers on board this train at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus between Talni – Dhamangaon on Sunday evening. In this incident, an Assistant Loco Pilot succumbed to his injuries while discharging his duties.

The Railways Ministry said on Tuesday that on Sunday at 4.56 pm, Loco Pilot D.L. Bramhe of Nagpur noticed smoke in Loco (SRC/WAP-4) of Train number 12810 Howrah –Mumbai at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus between Talni – Dhamangaon.

On witnessing this, Loco Pilot Bramhe, immediately applied emergency brakes and used the fire extinguisher to put off the fire, thereby saving a potential disaster of major scale and saving many lives. The train left for onward journey towards Mumbai with change in locomotive with no casualty or injury to any passengers. An inquiry at the highest level of Commissioner of Rail Safety (Central Circle) has been ordered in this case.

In this process, Assistant Loco Pilot S. K. Vishwakarma as per normal protocol was inspecting the loco and in the process he accidentally fell down from train. He was rushed to hospital in ambulance immediately but he succumbed to his injuries. Vishwakarma succumbed to his injuries while discharging his duties while saving lives of hundreds of passengers of the train and averted a major disaster. A condolence prayer was held at Nagpur and every other Division of Central Railway on unfortunate demise of Assistant Loco Pilot, Nagpur S.K. Vishwakarma.

“We salute the spirit of every such Railwaymen for time and again proving this point, all for the cause of safety and secure transportation of our passengers. Indian Railways is truly the Lifeline of the Nation,” the Railways Ministry said in a statement.

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