Brave schoolboy averts train accident

Wednesday 25th March 2015 06:12 EDT

Davangere (Karnataka): Siddesh, a 9-year-old, class 4 student of Avaragere village, on the outskirts of Davanagere city, averted a railway accident. He not only alerted his father Manjunath about a crack in the track but also flagged down an approaching train with his red T-shirt.

Manjunath has a small, thatched hotel near the DCM township about 50 yards away from the railway line. Siddesh said, "I was worried on seeing the fracture and rushed to tell my father about it." Initially, Manjunath didn't take the boy seriously. But when the little boy dragged him to the spot, he realized the gravity of the problem. Some walkers and joggers had already assembled at the spot but couldn't decide what to do even though a couple of trains had passed over the faulty section. “When the sound of a train approaching, our son stood on the track waving his red T-shirt wrapped around a stick at the train” said the boy's mother Anasuyamma.

Railway authorities said track fractures can happen around the onset of summer. Some passengers on the train appreciated the boy's courage and appealed to the district administration and elected representatives to recommend him for a bravery award.

“It was a welding failure. We appreciate the boy's quick thinking in flagging down the train. Our engineer paid him Rs 500 and thanked him. We'll recommend a bravery award for him,” said a railway official.

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