Don’t open the door..!
One person dies and twenty-two others were injured, seven seriously, when a boulder hits the S-5 coach of the Mumbai bound Matayagandha Express from Mangalore, on the Konkan railway yesterday, but the saddest part was to hear that other passengers in the other coaches refused to take the injured into their coaches after the badly damaged S-5 coach was disconnected from the rest of the train!
The accident took place at 7.38 pm and I can imagine the scene in the train.“Ah! That was a lovely meal!” says Shetty as he stretches out on the upper berth. “Train meals have really changed from those old days!” says Mrs Anchan in the next berth. “I’m going to sleep now!” Suddenly there is a heavy thud, the sound of screaming and the train shakes, a TT comes running into the compartment, “Our train has been hit by a boulder! I think many in S-5 coach have been injured!” “Thank God it wasn’t our coach!” says Mrs D’Souza, “Maybe we should stand and say a prayer to God for looking after us!” Everybody stands and as Mrs D’Souza leads the prayer everybody prays to his or her god giving thanks for their deliverance.
“Now let us pray for the dead and the injured!” says Mrs Anchan, and again all the passengers close their eyes and pray for those who have been hurt. “Also the families who have lost their loved ones!” says Mr Shetty, “Can you imagine their grief?” “They need prayer during this time of sorrow!” says Mrs D’Souza again and closes her eyes and leads the rest in prayer again. Suddenly there is a banging on the door of their coach.
“Who is it?” shouts Shetty as he opens his window. “We are carrying the injured and need to bring them into your coach!” shouts a voice from outside. “Into our coach?” asks Mrs D’Souza as she opens her eyes from deep prayer. “Why into this coach?” shouts Shetty. “They will dirty our seats!” sighs Mrs Anchan. “And if they are injured they will cry all night and not allow us to sleep!” groans Mrs D’Souza. “Take them to the next coach!” shouts Shetty. “Lock the door!” yells Mrs D’Souza.“Don’t let them in!” screams Mrs Anchan. And they hear the rescuers move to the next coach again banging on that door. “Now,” says Mrs D’Souza, “Let us pray that good doctors will take care of them in the next station..!”