A Devlali-Bhusawal passenger train was reversed for about a kilometre in Maharashtra's Jalgaon district on Thursday to rescue a passenger who had fallen off, a railway official said.
The incident took place around 9.30 am between Pardhande and Maheji railway stations near Jalgaon, about 425 km from Mumbai.
Rahul Patil, a passenger, fell off the train as it was approaching Maheji station, the official said, adding that his friends immediately pulled the alarm chain.
Train guard R B Paradhe and loco pilot A K Pandy then reversed the train for about a kilometre to pick up the injured man, the official said.
Patil was handed over to Government Railway Police in Jalgaon and was admitted to a private hospital, he added.
Divisional railway manager of Central Railway's Bhusawal division, Vivek Gupta, lauded the train crew's quick decision which probably saved the passenger's life.
It was completely safe to reverse a train, he said.
The crew would be felicitated for their action, a railway spokesperson said.
The train was delayed by over an hour because of the incident.
The loco pilot and a guard of Indian Railways will be awarded for saving the life of a passenger, who fell down from 51181 Devlali-Bhusaval train in Bhusaval here.
Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal hailed the prompt action of the railway employees and said in a tweet, "Today, for an injured passenger who fell from the train between Pachora-Maheji railway stations, the loco pilot took the train about 500 metres back and sent the passenger to the hospital for treatment.
"This is a unique example of the railway employees performing their duties with sensitivity."