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The Saturday night train mishap near Andheri station left eight passengers injured, a few with fracturesthatcouldtakeweeksto heal. Some of the victims described experiencing two jolts, the second of which was the impact of the collision; some also sustained injuries in their frantic attempts to escape from the trains. Two of the wounded were taken to the civic-run Cooper Hospital in Vile Parle (W), while the remaining six were sent to BSES Hospital, a stone’s thrown from the station. At Cooper Hospital, Manimeghla Subramanium (45), seemed to be more upset about losing Rs 2,000 and her mobile in the commotion that followed the accident than her injuries. She is being treated for minor wounds on her chest and head. Subramanium’s son Aiyappan (29), who was travelling with her from Churchgate to Mira Road, said she did not sustain... Read more...
injuries in the impact of the collision but while trying to alight from the train. “There was utter chaos with people trying to jump out of the train. It was dark inside the compartment as lights were put out. My mother tripped and fell onto the ground, and several people stepped on her,” said Aiyappan, adding that the railways had not paid them any compensation. On-duty doctor at Cooper Hospital Sunil Shinde confirmed that Subramanium had received blunt injuries on her chest and head. “The wounds are not serious. We are carrying out X-ray examinations to rule out any deep-seated trauma,” he said. The other victim admitted to the same hospital, Rakibul Islam (21), has sustained minor head injury. His brother Sayid learnt about the accident as he happened to call Islam within minutes of the mishap. “Over the phone, Islam seemed disoriented and told me he was hit by a bike. But by that time, words about the train collision had already spread and I guessed he was one of the victims,” Sayid said. He rushed to Andheri station to find his brother on the platform, bleeding. Islam, a construction labourer, was returning home in Bandra (E) from Malad when the accident occurred. At BSES Hospital, five were discharged after initial treatment, but one of the victims, 20-year-old Salim Khan, had to be admitted. A doctor said he had fractured his ribs and would have to be kept under observation for two more days. A Nalasopara resident, Khan was on his way to meet his cousins and spend the night at Mahalaxmi when the collision occurred. “I regret going to the footboard, seconds before the accident. I had to go near the door to receive a call,” hesaid.Thefirst jolt threw him off balance. “In the impact of a second jolt, which was powerful, I banged my head and chest on the pole and fell unconscious,” said Khan, who works in a jewellery store. Khan is, however, relieved that he would not need a surgery.