The Southern Railway felicitated Diwakar Kumar Singh, a gatekeeper, for showing the presence of mind in averting an accident at the level crossing between Sulur Road and Somanur Railway Stations in Coimbatore – Erode section on October 10.
At about 1 a.m. Diwakar Kumar Singh heard an unusual sound while the Coimbatore – Mannargudi ‘Chemmozhi’ Express was passing through the level crossing. On inspecting the track, a rail fracture was found near the level crossing gate.
He safeguarded the track as per rules and informed the matter to the Station Master of Somanur Railway Station.
The Station Master passed on the information to the section engineers and higher officials. Speed restriction was imposed in the section for the subsequent train at 2.40 a.m. The track was later restored and trains were operated with normal speed from 3.05 a.m.
In recognition of his good work, R. K. Kulshrestha, General Manager, Southern Railway, presented an award of Rs. 2 000 along with merit certificate to Diwakar Kumar Singh in Chennai on Tuesday.
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