A Railway Accident
Essay No. 01
During the last few months, there have been many railway accidents. The losses incurred due to these accidents are immense. In July, there occurred a serious accident between Frontier Mail and Mumbai Express near Ratlam Station. It occurred during the early hours of the morning.
As the two trains collided with each other, there was a deafening sound. Everybody was paralyzed to hear the dreadful noise. Soon, it was discovered with great shock and dismay that the trains had collided. People immediately woke up and rushed to the ill-fated spot.
The scene at the accident spot was most tragic and pathetic. The engine of the Frontier Mail, after striking against the Mumbai Express engine forged deep into the compartments of Mumbai Express. Both the trains were equally damaged. The passengers of trains were in a state of shock. Some died because of the serious injuries while some passengers were sandwiched in the windows of the trains. There were also heard loud and piercing cries of children, men, and women. Some had lost their legs and arms while others were bleeding profusely. It was the spectacle that was difficult to see with the naked eyes. The luggage lay broken and scattered. The belongings of the passengers were lying strewn around the site of the accident.
Medical aid was immediately rushed for the injured and wounded passengers. Vans and ambulances came to the rescue. First aid was also given to the victims of this ill-fated collision. Some passengers were carried to the hospital in the ambulance while others, who were not so seriously wounded, were bandaged there and then. Food and medicines were also brought by the people living near the site of the railway accident. It was a terrible sight as there was only a pile of the dead and there were only a few survivors. People came to identify their kith and kin, friends, and relatives. The entire spot was full of victims, doctors, nurses, social workers, and the relatives of the victims. It was the most soul-piercing and heart-throbbing scene.
Later, people enquired about the cause of the accident. It was learnt that the signalman gave wrong signals. It was one of the most pathetic and disastrous accidents in the history of Indian Railways.
Essay No. 02
A Railway Accident
A few days back, my uncle had invited me to spend the summer holidays with him. He lives in Amritsar. Hearing the invitation, I became quite happy and was anxious to see the Golden Temple and Jallianwala Bagh.
I left Delhi on 27th June 2008. I packed my luggage and left for the railway station. When I reached the station, I saw many passengers standing in a queue at the ticket counter. My father bought a ticket for Amritsar. The train was right on time. Quickly rushed to the compartment and sat near the window. About ten minutes later, the guard whistled and the train started moving
Around fifteen minutes before our train left, the Jammu Tavi Express had been given a clear signal. According to the instructions, it had stopped before drain No. 5 at the old Seemapuri railway crossing. The driver of our train saw a red signal but did not care for it. The train jumped the red signal and hit the slow-moving Jammu Tavi Express. There was a dreadful collision. The last two bogies of the Jammu Tavi Express got derailed. The engine of our train was badly damaged.
According to the report around twenty passengers died on the spot. A lot of them were badly wounded. The sight was quite sad. The luggage of the passengers lay scattered here and there. The station staff and the Red Cross unit with ambulance rushed to the accident spot. The badly wounded passengers were quickly taken to the hospital.