Chennai, Dec 24 (UNI) A local farmer played the role of a good samaritan when he stopped a passenger train after noticing a ''large gap'' in the track on Salem-Virudhachalam sector.
Railway sources said the farmer Rajendran, exhibiting presence of mind, brought his wife's red saree and signalled the train to stop.
On seeing this, the driver stopped the train thus averting a accident.
Railway officials rushed to the spot and repaired the track.
Later, the train was allowed to proceed to Salem after a delay of one-and-a-half hours, the sources said.
Only a few weeks ago, train services were launched in the Salem-Virudhachalam sector.
The train, which left Virudhachalam at 0530 hrs, had crossed the Deviyakuruchi railway gate when the farmer noticed the gap in the track.