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Caught on cam: Man narrowly escapes death after train driver hits emergency brakes in nick of time

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 3 January 2022, 16:23 IST

A video put out by the Railway Ministry shows how a watchful locomotive pilot hit emergency brakes just in time to save the life of a man lying on the railway tracks. The video was shot at the Sewri station on the Harbour line of the Mumbai suburban railway network.

The 50-second video starts with the man wandering onto the railway tracks. suddenly, he lies down on the tracks as the train nears.

Inside a few seconds, we can witness the train slowing down and then coming to a complete stop as the locomotive pilot hits emergency brakes. Shortly, three railway police personnel could be seen running up to the man and escorting him to safety. From the time stamp on the viral clip, it is clear that the incident took place around 11.45 am on 2nd January.

In the tweet, the Railway Ministry lauded the “work done by the motorman”, and added, “At Sewri station in Mumbai, the motorman saw a person lying on the track, he saved the life of the person by applying the emergency brake with promptness and understanding. Your life is precious, someone is waiting for you at home.”

Here’s the video:


The video has been viewed more than 93,000 times. Over 5,700 users liked the video, with many heaping praises on the locomotive pilot.

One user saluted the “motorman for saving the life of a whole family” who probably depended on this man.

Another user felt that the driver's name needed to be mentioned in the tweet. The user wrote, “Please mention the names of the heroes. They deserve that.”

A few also went on to say that the railways should reward such drivers.

The locomotive pilot's responsiveness and swift action saved the life of a person.

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First published: 3 January 2022, 16:23 IST