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Jan 01 (21:57)   Two school students prevent major train accident at Kumta

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MARGAO: A major train tragedy was averted along the Konkan Railway route near Karwar, Karnataka, on Sunday evening due to the sharp presence of mind displayed by two Kumta-based school students.The two boys, Manjunath Narayan Reddy and Shashikumar Vinayak Naik, both around 13 years old, alerted the railway staff about a broken railway line some distance away from the Kumta railway station, which helped the railway staff in repairing the damaged portion in the nick of time, before any train could pass through the stretch.Sources said that at least three trains were scheduled to pass through Kumta station shortly after the danger was detected. “The two boys had gone to pluck fruit from the trees located near the railway track. They noticed some defect in the rail link and on closer observation, they found that the line was damaged and a gap had formed just above the sleeper,” sources said.Without wasting...
a moment, the two boys ran to the Kumta railway station, a distance of 400m, and alerted the railway staff about the imminent danger lying ahead. The railway officials swung into action and deployed permanent way personnel to inspect the railway line.The danger turned out to be real. The broken railway line was soon repaired and the next train, Mangalore-Mumbai Matsyagandha Express, was allowed to pass after detaining it at the Kumta railway station for less than 30 minutes. “The train was allowed to proceed only after the track fitness certificate was given by the junior engineer (permanent way). The train departed from the station at 6.54pm after being detained at the station for 26 minutes. The Trivandrum-Nizamuddin Express also passed through the stretch at 7.59pm,”official sources in the Konkan Railway said.While the cause of the broken railway line was not known, Konkan Railway sources said that an inquiry was under way into the matter. The boys’ act also drew praise from Karnataka CM H D Kumaraswamy, who tweeted, “I appreciate students, Manjunath Narayana Reddy and Shashi Kumar, studying in the 9th standard of Nellikeri High School, for averting the possibility of a railway mishap by alerting the railway authorities about a crack in rail line in Kumta.”

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