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Alert gatekeeper may have saved many lives

Onkar Singh in Mansar | December 15, 2004 11:08 IST
Last Updated: December 15, 2004 11:33 IST

Gopal Das may well have played a major role in reducing the magnitude of the collision between the Jammu-Ahmedabad Express and the Jalandhar-Pathankot DMU passenger train in Mansar village in Punjab.

The 46-year-old railway employee has been manning railway crossing no 125 in Mansar village for the last 20 years. The crossinglies between Bhagala and Mirthal railway stations.

On Tuesday, the station master of Bhagala had intimated him about the arrival of the DMU from the Jalandhar side. ButDas had no information about a train coming from the Pathankot side, in this case, the Jammu-Ahmedabad Express.

"The moment I realised that two trains were heading towards each other, I put red flags on both sides of the track to warn the train drivers. While the driver of Jammu-Ahmedabad Express applied the brake, the DMU driver did not, probably unable to see the flag due to a sharp bend," Das told

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Number of User Comments: 5

Sub: Indian Negligence

The reason for such kind of failures can be attributed to one main factor. We are not serious in achieving 100percent perfection in doing anything. ...

Posted by RABINDRA.J

Sub: I can't believe it

The gateman had the information but there was no way for him to get it communicated to the train drivers? I am not saying anything ...

Posted by Anshul

Sub: Good Job

You did a great job.

Posted by Sanjay

Sub: well done

it is good job that the gatekeeper had saved the larger disaster but the station master would have turned this as a non accident journey ...

Posted by Pradeep

Sub: Lallu must step down.

This sounds so nonsensical when the nation is putting up satellites in the orbits, and cant handle a situation to prevent two trains colliding !!! ...

Posted by chanakya



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