Train accident in Kashmir, 20 injured
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Last Updated: Wednesday, November 23, 2011, 13:28
Srinagar: At least 20 people were injured on Wednesday when a train from Qazigund to Srinagar derailed in Kulgam district, the first such incident since train services were launched in Kashmir Valley in 2008.

The engine and two bogies of the train derailed at Sedura village, 55 kms from here, as the driver overshot the intended station stop by nearly 200 metres, officials said.

They said 20 people sustained minor injuries in the mishap.

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

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

"We are heading to the scene of the accident. The cause of derailment will be known only after the investigations are complete," Chief Area Manager, Northern Railways, Opender Singh said.

Official sources said preliminary investigations have found that there was some problem with the brakes of the train.

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 Odisha.


First Published: Wednesday, November 23, 2011, 13:00

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