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Truck ploughs into rail gate

The drop gate at a level crossing in Jamshedpur was badly damaged when a speeding truck, trying to violate signal, rammed into it on Wednesday.

The mishap at Jugsalai crossing around 7am, which left the driver of the commercial vehicle injured, affected train services for some three hours.

While the Durg-Danapur South Bihar Express was stranded near the railroad crossing for over 15 minutes, the Tata-Barbil Passenger, Tata-Danapur Express, Tata-Nagpur Passenger, Mumbai-Howrah Geetanjali Express, New Delhi Neelanchal Express, Ahmedabad Express and Alleppey-Tata Express suffered delays.

Besides disruption of train services, the accident also resulted in a traffic snarl at the level crossing. The situation was brought under control after RPF personnel from Tatanagar intervened followed by a team from Jugsalai police station. The damaged drop gate was fixed and traffic became normal by 10.05am.

RPF inspector D. Sharma squarely blamed the habit of reckless driving for the accident. “The truck was loaded and the driver accelerated in order to sneak past the crossing before the gate dropped, resulting in the mishap. The gate got dismantled under the impact and blocked the passage of rail traffic. Movement of trains was restricted between 7.50 and 10.05,” he said.

Sharma added that the goods truck was also damaged and its driver, Munna Rai, suffered minor injuries. “The driver is a resident of Bagbera and has been arrested under the Railway Act. The vehicle has been seized. The driver will be forwarded to a railway court in Chakradharpur tomorrow (Thursday).”

Local residents called for fines for violation of level crossing rules.

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