Loco pilot averts major mishap after tree falls on railway track near Thane | Mumbai news

The incident occurred at around 8:45 pm, when a Gulmohar tree fell onto a track just moments before the Tilak Terminus-Bhagalpur Express Tunnel.

The presence of the locomotive pilot’s mind on Monday night avoided a major disaster after a tree fell from the Parsik tunnel and blocked the railway track number 6 between Thane and Kalyan station. The incident occurred at around 8:45 pm, when a Gulmohar tree fell onto a track just moments before the Tilak Terminus-Bhagalpur Express Tunnel.

When the express train arrived a few minutes later, the loco pilot put the brakes on as soon as they arrived.

“The locomotive must have helped the pilot to notice that the engine lights were falling off the tree. “As soon as we were alerted, the railway authorities were in place,” said a Central Railway official.

Railway officials, Thane Municipal Corporation’s Tree Division, Firefighters and Regional Disaster Management (RDMC) officials rushed to the spot.

“Within an hour, the tree was removed from the spot,” said RDMC chief Avinash Sawant. The service was suspended for one hour until 10 pm.

The Parsik tunnel near Mumbra is used by local and express trains on the main line between Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus and Kalyan.

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