24 injured in J&K as train derails

Last Updated: Wednesday, November 23, 2011 - 23:24

Srinagar: Twenty four persons were injured
on Wednesday, one of them seriously, when three coaches of a
passenger train derailed in Kulgam district in the first such
incident since the launch of train services in Kashmir Valley
in 2008.
The engine and three bogies of the Quazigund?Budgam
passenger train derailed at Sedura village, 55 kms from here,
as the driver overshot the intended station stop by nearly 200
metres, Northern Railway officials said.

One person received grievous injuries in the mishap which
caused minor injuries to 23 others, they said.

An ex-gratia of Rs 15,000 has been announced by the
Railways for the passenger who sustained grievous injuries in
the derailment and Rs 5000 for those who received minor
injuries.

Railway officials from Srinagar have reached site to
monitor the rescue and restoration work.

The accident occured around 12.30 pm in the afternoon.
The cause of the accident is yet to be ascertained, he said.

"All the injured persons were evacuated to a hospital," a
senior police official in Kulgam told agency.

Though the exact cause of the accident is yet to be
ascertained preliminary investigations have found that there
was some problem with the brakes of the train.

A team of Railway officials was rushed to the spot to
investigate the cause of the mishap.

The first train service was introduced in the Valley in
October, 2008.
Today`s mishap is the third involving railways since
yesterday. Seven persons were killed when two coaches of the
Doon Express caught fire in Jharkhand yesterday.

Four passengers were injured today when the Howrah-bound
Koraput-Howrah Express collided with a goods train at
Jharsuguda Station in Orissa.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, November 23, 2011 - 23:24

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