Teen heroes stop runaway tram in India, save many lives

Published: July 3, 2014
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A runaway tram caused havoc in the Indian city of Kolkata when it slammed into ten cars on its out of control journey. CEN

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A runaway tram caused havoc in the Indian city of Kolkata when it slammed into ten cars on its out of control journey – and it was only stopped when two local youths leapt into action.

Dinesh Lal, 14, jumped on to the tram at the last moment and slammed the brakes on and the other boy, Chandan Kapadia, 13,  ran in front shouting a warning to allow people crossing the street to run out of the way.

Police said one employee suffered a minor injury but scores of lives were saved, thanks to the two friends who were lounging on the pavement when they saw the drama unfolding before them.

Two local youths leapt into action — while one stopped the tram, the other made sure public got out of its way. CEN

According to initial police reports, the tram was standing at the tram depot at South Kolkata when it lost its connection to the power lines above. “The tram stopped and the driver, for some reasons, stepped off the tram. As power was reconnected, the tram surged ahead without brakes and hit several cars parked at the road sides.”

Panic spread at the busy intersection as the tram trundled into rush-hour traffic battering into everything it was coming in contact with.

Pedestrians leaped out of the way and cars were bashed when Dinesh Lal and Chandan Kapadia sprang into action.

Dinesh, who jumped into the tram, realized he had no clue how to stop it. “I have never been in such a situation and had no idea where the brake was. There was a long handle. It was the biggest thing around. I closed my eyes and pulled it. Thankfully, the tram stopped,” he said. Chandan said: “I saw the whole thing. Dinesh chased the tram and got it to stop.”

Cars damaged by the tram.

Broken car body parts lay scattered on the road. Some cars lost wheels and bumpers, many had bonnets crushed. To add to the panic, smoke started coming out of the tram.

Police arrived quickly and cleared out the area. A fire engine arrived at 10.15am and doused the flames. “It was a small fire, due to an electrical error, and was contained quickly,” said a fire official.

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