Mail News Service
Jamshedpur, Feb 20: Five hooter sounds were heard at the Tatanagar rail station at 10:26 am. On enquiry it was learnt that a train had met with an accident some distance from the rail station.
A buzz of hectic activity followed among the officials of the railway administration as each prepared to rush to the site of accident. Within 10 minutes a relief train left for the destination with rescue teams including medics.
On reaching the spot, the sight that met the eyes were two derailed coaches of a passenger train with one lying on its side and another mounted atop it. Many people were injured. Civil and NDRF teams were attending to the injured and were extricating those stuck in the compartments.
In the meanwhile constant announcement by the relief teams were being made asking onlookers to keep away from the place of accident to facilitate relief work. At last, the relief came in the form of another announcement that clarified that the whole exercise was a part of a mock drill to sharpen relief operations in case of train disasters.
The mock drill was conducted by the Chakradharpur Division of South Eastern Railway. The exercise was a practical experience of how to conduct relief work effectively.
DRM VK Sahu and his team reached the site of the mock drill and inspected the steps adopted during the relief operational mock drill. At the same time efforts were on to resume normal train services along the drill area.