He fought for six long days in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of a hospital in Hyderabad. Despite surgeries and even amputating his right limb, L Chandrasekhar, the loco pilot steering the MMTS (Multi-Modal Transport System) train, which rammed into an Intercity Express on Monday, finally succumbed on Saturday.
The doctors treating him at CARE Hospital in Nampally said that he suffered a cardiac arrest on Saturday evening, which led to his death.
Chandrasekhar, who was in the ICU of the hospital and on mechanical ventilator support, had undergone a surgery on Thursday.
The hospital had earlier said that injuries to his lower limbs had resulted in compression of his arteries, which, in turn, meant very little blood supply to his lower right leg. Taking the extensive vascular damage to his limb into account, a team of surgeons had amputated his right leg above the knee as well.
Chandrasekhar was trapped in the driver's cabin after the MMTS train collided with Kurnool City-Secunderabad Hundry Intercity Express train at the Kacheguda railway station on Monday. The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) used electric cutters to remove four layers of heavy metal and safely pull him out in a rescue operation that lasted almost eight hours.
Meanwhile, Chandrasekhar has been named as an accused in the accident case, as officials had pinned the blame on him. Railway officials who conducted a preliminary inquiry claimed that the loco pilot was at fault, as he had crossed a red signal, in turn, causing the collision.
A case has also been registered against Chandrasekhar by the Government Railway Police (GRP) at Kacheguda in Hyderabad under Sections 308 (attempt to commit culpable homicide), 337 (causing hurt by an act which endangers human life) and 338 (causing grievous hurt by an act which endangers human life) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
The train accident, which was even caught on camera, had left 17 people injured. However, many of them sustained minor injuries and were discharged after availing treatment.
(Published in an arrangement with The News Minute)
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