Sunday morning saw an Electrical Multiple Unit (aka local train) ram head on into the dead-end buffer on platform No.2 at Churchgate Station, Mumbai. The incident occurred on Sunday morning at 11.20 am while attempts to move the train’s mangled coach from the platform took over 10 hours.
Panic ensued as this Mumbai Local Train hit a buffer at Churchgate station causing the train to decouple and jump the front of the platform. (A buffer is a special safety feature installed so as to stop the train and absorb shocks in the case of overshooting.)
An inquiry panel has been formed to probe exact cause of the incident which left five persons with minor injuries. However, senior railway officials surmise that the Mumbai Local Train, which is permitted to enter a platform at a speed of 30 kmph could have been over speeding while the motorman could have failed to apply brakes in time. It is believed that the incident was 99 percent due to human error and there is only 1 percent possibility of technical fault. In the meanwhile, pending inquiry, the motorman, guard and locomotive inspector have been suspended.
Major catastrophe was averted as the incident occurred on Sunday morning when Churchgate, one of the busiest stations on Western Railway line is not so crowded while one eyewitness stated that the train came dangerously close to a coffee shop at the station. Chaos prevailed at the station as a horde of onlookers attempted to take out photos of the Mumbai Local Train even as the police tried to cordon off the area to speed up repair operations.