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Railway tracks claim student’s life

Petlee Peter
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The Hindu

Walking along the railway tracks while talking on his mobile phone cost an 18-year-old student his life in Chetpet on Thursday morning.

The accident took place around 9.30 a.m. behind the college, when the victim M. Vignesh, a first-year student of Pachaiyappa’s college, disembarked from the EMU train at Nungambakkam and was walking along the tracks to reach the college. An EMU train headed towards Chennai Beach knocked him down and he was injured badly, Government Railway Police sources said.

Students of the college, who get off the train at Nungambakkam and Chetpet railway stations, often walk along the tracks, taking the shorter route to reach the hostel. “The hostel is located in between the stations so it is easy to walk the 100 metres by the tracks and jump a wall to enter the campus,” said Mahesh Kumar, an evening scholar of the college.

According to a professor of the college, Vignesh was talking on the phone and some of his college mates walking a few metres behind him spotted the train and shouted out to him, but he was unable to react in time.

The students rushed Vignesh in an autorickshaw to a private hospital on Harrington Road, Chetpet, but he died on the way, he added.

Vignesh’s body was taken to the Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital where a post-mortem was conducted. His body was handed over to relatives on Thursday evening.

Vignesh, a day scholar, was residing in Saidapet with his sister and family and commuted to college by EMU. He is a native of Marakkanam, where his parents Manivannan and Amudha are farmers.

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This incident should be an eye opener for all. We should develop
certain culture to decline making or receiving mobile calls when you
are in a Railway platform for boarding or alighting a train or walking
on the platform. These activities call for greater attention. I really
pity the family of the boy.

from:  Balasubramanian
Posted on: Aug 25, 2012 at 05:47 IST

Many a times, we have read lots of news about this kind of death.
Students, and some public are more concerned about talking on the Cell phone than their own safety. Few years ago, near Perungalathur, a Lady
Lecturer was run over by the Electric Train and then near Chrompet one or two students of nearby colleges were run over. People give more importance to "talking" than their safety. If the phone rings while their crossing the tracks, they can see who the caller is, and then cut-off or ask the caller to speak after 5 minutes, whatever be the urgency.

from:  K. Sankaranarayanan
Posted on: Aug 25, 2012 at 04:27 IST

@Binai K Sankar; You are absolutely right ! Carelessness cost his dear life for nothing ! What a waste of GOD-given life ! RIP !

from:  Haja Abu Bucker
Posted on: Aug 24, 2012 at 23:02 IST

Mobile Phone is the villain here, not the railway tracks. its unfair to write this headline, "Railway tracks claim student’s life". It was carelessness to walk on the railway tracks it amounts to tresspassing on railway property).

from:  Binai K Sankar
Posted on: Aug 24, 2012 at 09:48 IST
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