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Updated: October 2, 2013 09:01 IST

16-year-old boy dies after falling from local train in Chennai

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The victim, G. Yuvaraj, was standing near the entrance of the compartment when the accident occurred Photo: Special Arrangement
The Hindu The victim, G. Yuvaraj, was standing near the entrance of the compartment when the accident occurred Photo: Special Arrangement

A 16-year-old boy, who was critically injured in the head after falling from a train last week, succumbed to his injuries at Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital (GH) on Monday.

On September 25, the victim, G. Yuvaraj, was travelling in a general compartment of a Tambaram–Chennai Beach fast local service. Only the previous day he had joined a vocational diploma course in desktop publishing at Government Industrial Training Institute in Guindy. According to the police, he was standing very close to the entrance of the compartment when the accident took place on the stretch between Meenambakkam and Pazhavanthangal railway stations.

Yuvaraj slipped and fell and sustained critical injuries on the head. Commuters travelling in the same compartment called 108 and an ambulance first rushed him to Government Royapettah Hospital, where he was referred to GH the same day.

On Thursday, he was taken to a private hospital in Manapakkam, where doctors told Yuvaraj’s father that his injuries were too serious. “We then brought him back to the government hospital (GH). We were even ready to sell all our assets or even get a loan for the surgery, but we were informed that even that might not help Yuvaraj,” said G. Vinod, the victim’s elder brother.

On Monday, Yuvaraj succumbed to his injuries and on Tuesday, his body was brought to his home in M.R.K. Nagar, New Perungalathur. Yuvaraj is the youngest of the three sons of Gopal, who rides a bullock cart transporting construction and other materials for a living, and Gowri.

Incidents of school and college students falling off trains, while travelling near the door, account for a large number of fatal train accidents. In July, a second-year engineering student fell to his death near Chromepet and in May, a school student slipped from a train at Perungalathur. In August, an 18-year-old student escaped with injuries after falling from a train into a river at Saidapet.

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It is difficult to educate and make these people to understand the dangers involved. They will tell all sort of excuses such as no ventilation etc. The only way to stop this kind of fatal accidents is to provide the automatic door system where the train does not move until the doors are closed.

from:  Abdulkadar
Posted on: Oct 2, 2013 at 21:46 IST

Although we keep reading the same sort of news since ages especially
in the Chennai suburban trains,it has become as a usual incidents
which happens on day today basis for the readers including myself.
Overall it portrays the whole Nation's negligence for human safety and
value for human life. If the authorities really wish to reduce the
statistics of fatal incidents it is time to mandatory door systems in
these coaches. It is impossible to control the enormous crowd
travelling in these trains by just deploying police forces on the
platform.The passengers are not given any room to make errors we can
avoid such fatal accidents.
There are doors available in these trains which even refrain to move
in course of time due to the fact that they remain unused from day
one.
Of course there may be cost involved in implementing door system which
is controlled by the driver,but can be recovered in due course fatal
incidents can be significantly reduced.

from:  Arvind
Posted on: Oct 2, 2013 at 14:45 IST

Not only that. Dozens of high school boys deliberately wait in the platform and when the train gathers momentum they run along and climb and in that process they cause a danger to people walking on the platform

from:  ramu
Posted on: Oct 2, 2013 at 14:28 IST

This list can be given to the RPF with an observable photocopy of
their Identity Cards in the railway station close to the
School/College. Renewals of students’ season tickets can be arranged
through a hearing in RPF Post /Station Master’s Office which will help
in identifying the students by the RPF personnel to some extent.

I have travelled in sub-urban trains in Mumbai where the crowd in
local trains are enormous, and recently in Hyderabad as well as other
bigger cities in Asia like Jakarta, Bangkok, Colombo etc ; No where we
will find youngsters like Chennai deliberately hanging out in local
trains knowing on fatal accidents happening at frequent intervals in
the same route where they commute.

from:  Madan Menon Thottasseri
Posted on: Oct 2, 2013 at 11:32 IST

Though I rarely travel by suburban trains, I have seen many young boys
deliberately standing close to the entrance of bogies and even talk in
mobile phones and engage in hilarious and less worthy debates in
respect of their campus unruliness etc. sometimes hanging out
purportedly to get the breeze. They obstruct passengers to alight as
well as to board in intermediate stations. Though few passengers like
me caution them to ensure safety, they take it lightly. This sort of
crowd is common during peak hours. To my surprise I have seen some
girls too hang out in local trains or carelessly stand close to the
open door and casually talking over mobile phones. It is desirable to
deploy more Police/RPF Constables in every station to deter the
youngsters dangerously commuting in local trains. Educational
Institutions wherein students are coming by local trains can prepare a
list of such students for giving proper counsel in presence of their
respective parents.

from:  Madan Menon Thottasseri
Posted on: Oct 2, 2013 at 11:28 IST
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