Train accident in Kashmir, 20 injured

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.

PTI



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

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