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Dec 15 2016 (22:29)  Near miss: Loco driver may lose job (
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Dec 15 2016 (10:29PM)
Station Tag: Tarakeswar/TAK added by RK^~/1397979

Dec 15 2016 (10:29PM)
Station Tag: Barddhaman Junction/BWN added by RK^~/1397979

Dec 15 2016 (10:29PM)
Station Tag: Howrah Junction/HWH added by RK^~/1397979

Dec 15 2016 (10:29PM)
Station Tag: Shrirampur/SRP added by RK^~/1397979

Dec 15 2016 (10:29PM)
Train Tag: Howrah-Barddhaman Local/37851 added by RK^~/1397979

Dec 15 2016 (10:29PM)
Train Tag: Howrah-Tarakeswar Local/37339 added by RK^~/1397979
Kolkata: The motorman of the Howrah-Burdwan local who nearly rammed into the rear of another EMU at Serampore station on Saturday evening is likely to lose job for negligence. A high-level probe has revealed that the driver put passengers at risk by not maintaining a significant distance from the train in front.
"It came as a surprise that an experienced motorman committed such an error. A person is entrusted with driving an EMU local only after years of experience. Though there was little possibility of a major accident on Saturday as the train's speed wasn't high, the motorman will be handed a major penalty chargesheet and stands to lose his job," an official in Eastern Railway's Howrah division said.
main line Burdwan local left Howrah barely a few minutes behind the one for Tarakeswar. The two trains were to follow the same route till Sheoraphuli Jn after which the Tarakeswar local would turn left. The probe revealed that the accused motorman maintained a short distance from the Tarakeswar local, stopping at red signals outside stations, allowing the Tarakeswar local to leave the platforms before proceeding.
Trouble occurred after both trains crossed Rishra. There are four platforms at Serampore. Platforms 1, 2 and 3 are used by trains for Bandel and beyond while the remaining one is used by Up trains moving towards Tarakeswar.
"Both trains were on line 3. As the Tarakeswar local was leading, the point was set for platform 4 just ahead of Serampore station. After the local turned left towards platform 4, the corresponding signal before the crossing turned red. The motorman of the Bardhaman local was to move towards platform 3. He saw the red signal and found platform 3 empty in front. For a moment, he seems to have forgotten that the Tarakeswar local had turned towards platform 4. Instead of stopping at the signal, he decided to drive ahead towards platform 3. The point was still set towards platform 4 though and his train also turned left. Before the motorman could stop, the first coach had reached the platform. This was gross negligence on the motorman's part," the official said
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