Consequent to the increase in the number of accidents at railway level-crossings, the authorities have urged the public to follow the law or risk prosecution.
Divisional Safety Commissioner P.K. Mohandas said in a press release that there were a spate of such accidents in the Mysore division during the week and major accidents were narrowly averted.
A jeep suddenly crossed the unmanned level-crossing between Nanjanagud and Chinnadagudihundi railway stations on January 1 at 12.30 a.m. while the Tirupati–Chamarajanagara Passenger was passing and the vehicle took a knocking.
The vehicle driver was arrested but subsequently released on bail.
On the same night, at 10.55 p.m., an SUV hit against the level-crossing gate between Amravati Colony and Harihara railway stations while it was closed for passing of the Hubli–Chikkajajur Passenger. Due to this, the boom gate was completely damaged and it became inoperable. The driver was arrested, produced in court and later released on bail.
On January 3, a motorcycle hit the level-crossing gate between Mavinkere and Hassan railway stations while it was closed for passing of the Karwar–Yeshwantpur Express. Due to this, the boom gate was damaged and the two-wheeler rider sustained injuries and was shifted to government hospital for treatment. Similarly, a tractor suddenly crossed an unmanned level-crossing between Tarikere and Masarahalli railway stations while the Mysore–Shimoga Town Passenger was approaching and it narrowly escaped hitting the locomotive.