Two railway employees were rewarded a cash award of Rs. 5,000 each for their timely alert about a train track that was washed away for about 20 metres due to the flash floods here on Tuesday night.

Their timely action had saved over 600 passengers of Train No. 56242 Yeshwantpur-Salem Fast Passenger on Tuesday night.

A release issued by the Divisional Railway Manager, Anil Kumar Agarwal, South Western Railway said that M. Velu, Trolleyman and S. Murugan, Gangmate of Gang No. 5 working under P.Way Inspector of Dharmapuri had shown exemplary act and worked with dedication, which saved the lives of over 600 passengers travelling in the train.

Though the working hours of the two employees were over by 5 p.m on Tuesday, they had decided to inspect condition of the bridges of the railway track between Shivadi and Thoppur Ghat section.

They found that water was flowing above the track and saw that 20 metres of the track was washed away in the flash floods.

Immediately they ran to Muthampatti, which is two kilometres from the spot, to signal the train to stop at Muthampatti.

The breached track was repaired at around 3.30 a.m on Wednesday morning, following which the train resumed its journey through the Ghat section.

A. K. Mittal, General Manager, South Western Railway awarded the cash prize, the release said.