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Monday, February 2, 2015

UP woman risks life and averts accident to Kashi Vishwanath Express

Train no. 14257 a daily train,  runs a distance of 793 kms covering it in a travel time of 16 hr 25 M.  It has 30 halts in between.   It is Kashi Vishwanath Express that runs between Varanasi Junction in Uttar Pradesh and New Delhi Railway Station. The main towns along the way are Pratapgarh, Amethi, Rae Bareli,Lucknow, Hardoi, Bareilly, Moradabad, Amroha and Ghaziabad.

Daily Mail reports of a UP mother who risked  her life to avert train tragedy after finding missing tracks.  The report states that the Pratapgarh district administration of Uttar Pradesh felicitated Shyama Patel (48) on Sunday for her presence of mind, which helped save the lives of hundreds of passengers travelling on the Kashi Vishwanath Express (14257) on Saturday.

Shyama’s son explained that his illiterate mother, a resident of Chilbila area of Pratapgarh, found a gap of about a foot in the railway tracks between Chilbila and Jagesarganj railway stations while she was returning from the fields. Shyama said: “Unable to immediately think what I should do, I then took off my red shawl and rushed to the spot where there was the breach. I shuddered to see that the opening was enough for a terrible train accident.  "I saw a train approaching from the Varanasi side. I stood between the tracks and started swaying the shawl frantically. Although the driver noticed me and applied the brake, the engine crossed the broken section of the track before finally coming to a stop.”

Hats off to the lady…….  Incidentally, this is found on Daily Mail [here is the link -
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/indiahome/indianews/article-2935559/UP-mother-risks-life-avert-train-tragedy-finding-missing-tracks.html#ixzz3QbfqDsFu

~ but different web searches with relevant key words returned not may results; there was one in Deccan Herald  – perhaps the English media of India did not find  it worthy of reporting !!

With regards – S. Sampathkumar

2nd Feb 2015.

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