In a tragic incident a woman railway guard and a vagrant were killed after being hit by an express train near Uluberia station on Thursday when the former attempted to save the latter.
The incident occurred between Fuleswar and Uluberia stations on Thursday morning. Train services were disrupted in the down line between Howrah and Kharagpur due to the accident. Some local trains were seen stranded following the accident. Police said that the vagrant was walking aimlessly on the railway track when a Howrah-bound Express train was coming on the track in top speed.
A 35-year-old South Eastern Railway’s guard Masudha Khatun, who was on duty in Down Midnapore-Howrah train found that the vagrant was walking on the railway track on which an express train was approaching.
Seeing that the person was not responding to the horn of the express train, the woman guard of the local train jumped from her train which was standing as the signal was red and attempted to save the man who was walking on the rail line.
However, the woman guard of the local train could neither save her own life nor the vagrant’s as both the victims were mowed down by the speeding train. Police said that both were hit by the speeding train and were flung below a railway bridge and died instantly after falling in the water. After being informed, the senior railway officials and Government Railway officials rushed to the spot and started an investigation in this connection.
The incident had, however, spread tension among the people who witnessed the accident. Some Howrah bound local trains were stranded at various stations and the passengers were seriously inconvenienced.
Many of the officer goers had got down from the trains and opted for other transport facilities to reach to their work places.
The incident sent shockwaves among some passengers who witnessed the entire thing from inside the local train. The passengers travelling in the local train tried to attract the attention of the vagrant when they saw the approaching express train in the railway track but to no avail. The bodies were set for the post mortem examination.