Woman falls off train, SCR trackmen turn saviours


Hyderabad: For Jayanthi Rajeswari, March 22 will be an unforgettable day. The BEd student from Bhimavaram came face to face with death that day, during what would have otherwise been quite an uneventful train journey from Vijayawada to Bhimavaram.

According to South Central Railway officials, Jayanthi had accidentally fallen off the Tirupati – Puri Express, somewhere between Akiveedu-Cherukuvada, just a couple of stations before reaching Bhimavaram. She fell into drainage on the sides of the track and lost consciousness.

Officials said that if not for the alertness of an acting keyman, G Gopal Krishna, Jayanthi’s fate would have been different. Krishna, part of the railway staff from Kaikalur, immediately alerted four other trackmen, Mahesh, Mani Kumar, Kanakeswara Rao and M. Rambabu.

They immediately took her out of the water, in quite an unrecognizable state and completely drenched in the brackish mud from the drain and still unconscious.

Even as they washed her face, careful not to hurt her since she already had injuries, they summoned an ambulance and got her shifted to the Bhimavaram government hospital.

The alertness and quick action from the five Railwaymen, all of whom are under the Vijayawada division of the South Central Railway have come in for praise from various quarters, after videos and pictures of their Good Samaritan act went viral on social media.

The videos and pictures, shared on Facebook by the SRES Puttur branch, have been viewed by several thousands, while more than 5,000 people have shared the same, appreciating Krishna and the four trackmen for their work.