Derailments – both on and off tracks – marked 2017 for the Indian Railways. In 2017, 48 people lost their lives and 188 were injured in train accidents as compared to 238 deaths and 607 injuries reported in 2016. To ensure that train accidents are brought to a minimum level, the railway ministry has adopted a slew of measures including use of ultrasonic flaw detection testing of rails, track recording cars and portable oscillation monitoring systems to detect track defects. The development of Train Collision Avoidance System is now at the trial stages. However, despite all these efforts, sometime incidents happen that are sure to make everyone scratching their heads.
In one such incident, a man was found lying on the railway tracks and brought a speeding train to a halt. When officials went near to him, he was found asleep on the tracks.
A Reddit user posted this video:
Soon, users flooded the conversation with their reactions: