Unending Saga of Mumbaikars-Dangerous Platforms fracture the Hip of aspiring young Girl

Girl on her way to the first job interview!

Vikhroli (VK), Mumbai:  A commerce graduate headed for her first job interview ended up instead in a hospital with a dislocated hip after a nasty fall on a “badly designed” railway platform.

Vishaka Sargade, 23, was trying to board an Ambernath-bound train from Vikhroli station’s platform number 1 on Monday when she slipped — an accident she blames on the gap between the platform and the train.

“The platform is not aligned with the level of trains’ entrances. It’s at a much lower level than other platforms –– commuters have to literally climb onto trains,” she said.

It was during one such frantic boarding attempt that the Ulhasnagar resident fell, dislocating her hip and fracturing left thigh bone. She is being treated at Rajawadi Hospital.

“I landed on my left leg in the gap before being thrown back by the impact,” Vishaka said. “I usually don’t board trains from Vikhroli, so I didn’t know the gap would be so big.”

She was travelling with her three friends, who safely boarded the train. They realised something was wrong when they heard her screams, and then pulled the chain.

Vishaka had applied for a job in Tata Group. “It was my first interview and I didn’t make it,” she said. “Now, I amwaitingforthedoctorstodecideifI need a surgery.” She added that railway officials should not always blame commuters for such incidents. “They should design platforms properly.”

TIMELY HELP SAVES MAN’S HAND

A 28-year-old man’s right hand was cut off in a train accident near Marine Lines on Tuesday, but doctors were able to stitch it back thanks to timely action by the railway police.

Mankhurd resident Abdul Sattar, a coconut water seller, was relieving himself on the tracks when a train knocked him down, crushing his right hand. Railway cops, who were nearby, rushed to the scene and preserved the severed hand in an ice box.

They also rushed Sattar to GT Hospital for a surgery within the golden hour, the period when emergency treatment is most likely to be successful. Such timely help could have saved the arms of 16-year-old college student Monica More, who fell into a gap on Ghatkopar station’s platform number 2 last week and was run over by a train.

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