The incident took place around 3am on Wednesday, when an alert driver of a JNPT-bound goods train, coming from Ratlam in MP, spotted it and applied the brakes on time, bringing the train to a screeching halt over 50m from the abandoned rail piece, a Railway official said.
Subsequently, an FIR against unidentified persons was lodged with the Panvel City Police, under relevant sections of the IPC and Railway Act, said the official.
He said the Railways operating staff had been put on high alert following the Diva accident last month.
On January 24, a 7-meter-long rail piece, weighing around 400kg, was found on the tracks near Diva station adjoining Mumbai. The alert train driver of Madgaon-Dadar Janshatabdi Express had then averted a mishap by applying the emergency brakes.
Earlier this week, on February 6, a huge piece of rod was found on the tracks between Kalamboli and Taloja stations at Navi Mumbai in Raigad district.
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