As miracles go, this one is right up there. For the people standing on platform 7 of Kurla railway station on May 13, a 19-year-old girl coming under a goods train was a sight that bad dreams are made of. Imagine their help when she was brought out from under the train, with simply an injury near her left eye.
The whole nerve-wracking occurrence was caught on the CCTV camera installed at the platform.
Crossing the tracks
Bhandup resident Pratiksha Natekar had gone to meet a companion in Kurla on May 13. While she was returning around 11 am, she was crossing the tracks to get to platform 7, with her headphones connected to. As per the Kurla railway police, Natekar was addressing a companion via phone while strolling on the tracks towards platform 7, which is a loop-line (on which trains run in both directions).
“As she was busy over the phone, she didn’t hear a goods train thundering down the tracks. When she all of a sudden looked into the train had already reached her. She panicked and ran first towards the platform and after that straight into the train,” said senior police inspector Ashok Bhorade from Kurla Government Railway Police.
Pulled out safe and sound
The train knocked her down and ran over her. When the motorman could hit the brakes, the first wagon had ignored her.
Shocked commuters standing at the platform were sure the girl had died, however when they looked under the wheels, they discovered her safe and sound and pulled her out to safety. She didn’t have any serious external injuries and was taken to Rajawadi Hospital by the Kurla GRP personnel.