New Delhi: A guard coach of Secunderabad-Howrah Falaknuma Express derailed near Kapilas Road in Cuttack on Thursday, news agency ANI reported. The incident took place around 3 pm. No casualty has so far been reported. The cause of the train derailment hasn’t been ascertained yet.
As soon as the incident was reported railway officials rushed to the spot and took stock of the situation. The official said the guard-cum-luggage bogie, the rearmost coach of the train derailed, said an official of the East Coast Railways (ECoR). The derailed coach remained at the accident site while the train left with other coaches, the official added. Additional Divisional Railway Manager (ADRM) of Khurda Road, S.P. Dwivedi along with senior officers from Cuttack and sectional track supervisors rushed to the site, the official said.
In a similar incident, nine coaches of Nagpur-Mumbai Duronto Express were derailed near Titwala in Maharashtra. According to the reports, engine and nine coaches of the Nagpur-Mumbai Duronto Express derailed between Vasind and Asangaon stations.
On August 23, 10 coaches of Delhi-bound Kaifiyat Express derailed in Auraiya, Uttar Pradesh, leaving nearly 100 passengers injured. Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said that a dumper had hit the locomotive of the Kaifiyat Express which resulted in the derailment of the train. “An unauthorised dumper crossed the railway fence and hit the locomotive of the Kaifiyat Express. As of now 25 passengers are reported injured,” said Railway Ministry spokesperson Anil Saxena.
On August 19, Utkal Express, which was heading towards the town of Haridwar from Puri, derailed near Uttar Pradesh’s Muzaffarnagar, killing 24 and injuring more than 156 people. The accident occurred around 5:46 PM near Khatauli station in the district. Following the accident, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu ordered an inquiry into the derailment.
(With agency inputs)