One Kalyan-Thane local was scheduled to arrive at Thane’s platform number 3. However, this train had been given a red signal , which is located before the train enters the platform. The motorman of this train ignored the red signal which led to major disruption in train services.
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Sources said that the Kalyan-Thane train had been given the red signal before it enters the platform as the controller was planning to provide a signal to Kalyan-bound train to enter the slow track from fast track. Fortunately, this train was not crossing the track when the Thane terminating train jumped the red signal.
Sources further said that station authorities then decided to take a call to manually operate the signals at Thane as this incident meant that automatic signalling system could not work.
The trains were then gradually began movement from 7.25 pm onwards
This led to major bunching and commuters complained to getting stuck in the train for almost 40 minutes to one hour.
Signal jumping are called Signal Passing at Danger (SPAD) incident, in which the the motorman forgets to halt the train despite the red signal.The standard procedure for a SPAD is to detrain the driver, conduct his blood test to ascertain whether he is under the influence of alcohol or drugs and to question him about the cause.
CR’s chief public relations officer Shivaji Sutar said, “We are ascertaining the reasons for the held up of trains at Thane.”