Bhopal: Nearly 1,000 passengers of a
Gwalior-bound narrow-gauge train escaped unhurt when its engine derailed after hitting a tractor and the coaches got stuck over a canal bridge.
The incident took place around 4.30 PM yesterday when the
train was crossing a bridge over a canal on Chambal River near
Sheopur, about 600 km from here. The train was heading to
Gwalior from Sheopur.
"A major train mishap was averted as no casualty was reported from the mishap site," Sheopur District Police Superintendent (SP) Mahendra Singh Sikarwar said over phone today.
After hitting the tractor at an unmanned crossing, the engine of the train got derailed and its coaches stopped right
over the bridge triggering panic among passengers, he said.
"There were about 1,000 passengers in the train and it
was great that none of the passengers, who were stuck in the
coaches just above the canal, did not jump into water out of
panic," Sikarwar said.
Many of the panic-stricken passengers went on top of the
coaches. But, all the passengers were safely rescued from the
stranded coaches over the canal by late evening, he said.
A total of seven coaches were stranded over the bridge, which is about 80 feet in length and 15 feet in height.
The canal, which was full of water, was about eight feet
deep, sources said.