“Was trying to board a running train,” says Railway official

A young woman died after she was trapped between the footboard of a train and the platform at the Sabzi Mandi railway station here on Tuesday.

Twenty-six-year-old Seema Sharma was trying to board a local New Delhi-Panipat train around 8-30 a.m. when the mishap took place “She tried to board a running train, slipped and was stuck between the footboard and the platform,” said a railway official. The woman was dragged some distance before the train came to a halt.

Hearing her screams, bystanders raised an alarm. An ambulance was also called in. Divisional Railway Manager Ashwani Lohani said: “A doctor from our nearest dispensary and an ambulance reached the station within 10 minutes. The rescue team broke the platform and pulled out the victim within 25 minutes and by 9 a.m. she was rushed to Bara Hindu Rao Hospital,” said Mr. Lohani.

Although the railway staff had a gas-cutter, they did not use it as it could have burnt the victim.

The woman later succumbed to her injuries. Enquiries by the police revealed that she lived at Kishan Ganj along with her husband Vikas, a son and a daughter. She was an Anganwari worker posted at Khera Kalan and usually travelled by train. On Tuesday morning, her husband had dropped her at the railway station. He is a contractual worker.

Similar incident

A similar incident was reported at the Hazrat Nizamuddin railway station last November when a 36-year-old Rajasthan-based businessman was killed after he slipped while trying to board a running train and was trapped between its footboard and the platform.

The train was being moved to the platform from the yard when Bhagwan Porwal, a resident of Kota, attempted to board it. He could not enter the compartment as its door was closed. He lost his balance, slipped and sustained serious injuries. It was after a 90-minute long struggle that the railway staffers were able to pull him and out. He was rushed to the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences' JPNA Trauma Centre where he died.

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