Bid to derail train using large wooden log in Kollam
Ezhukone: Unidentified miscreants put a large wooden log across the Kollam-Sengottai railway track near Ezhukone railway station reportedly in an effort to derail a train. Though a train hit the log, a tragedy was averted as it was plying slowly.
The Palaruvi Express hit the wooden log at 3.50 am on Sunday. The large log of Mahagoni wood was laid across the track. As it was placed near the station, the train was plying slowly. The train dragged the log for about 50 metres. Later, the train was stopped and the log removed from the track before it resumed the journey.
The log was three metres long and 27 inches in diameter. The track is only 1.67 metres wide. The logs were the ones kept in a nearby area owned by the railways.
Police assume that one person cannot move the heavy logs. They also found empty liquor bottles from the spot. The logs were laid across the track after the train towards Tirunelveli passed the spot around 12 at night.
A team of Railway Protection Force led by Punalur RPF Sub Inspector Manoj came to the spot and held inquiries. The Ezhukone police are also investigating the matter.