A middle-aged woman suffered grievous injuries and lost a leg after allegedly being pushed out of a moving train by a railway ticket collector at the station here on Sunday. Railway sources, however, termed the incident a ‘freak mishap'.

According to sources, Mekala Gangamma, 45, a resident of Munugodu in Guntur district, boarded the East Coast Express at Bhongir along with 13 other members of her family.

Gangamma and her family members purchased general tickets for Vijayawada and entered the sleeper coach in a hurry at the Bhongir railway station. The ticket collector reportedly asked them to shift to the general compartment at the next railway station.

However, they could not move from the sleeper coach to the general compartment as their group comprised several old persons and children, sources said. The ticket collector allegedly forced them out of the sleeper coach when the train reached Khammam station.

While a few of them managed to disembark, Gangamma fell between the train and the platform as the train began moving. Both her legs were crushed. She was immediately rushed to a hospital where the doctors amputated her right leg. Her condition is stated to be critical.

The Khammam railway police in-charge SI, M Sarvaiah, said Gangamma lost her balance and fell from the moving train, while trying to board the general compartment at the station.

Keywords: freak mishap