Kolkata: A major train accident was today averted in West Bengal after locals sensed trouble in the railway lines in Burdwan district.
The locals saw fishplates, meant to keep railway tracks tight and together, were loose. The tracks are part of the busy Howrah-New Delhi route.
One of the locals went onto the tracks and waved a red cloth as he noticed a train heading towards the site of possible accident. The driver took note of the red cloth and applied brakes in time to avert a major mishap.