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Lucky escape for Rajdhani as goods train derails

Last Updated: Thursday, January 19, 2012 - 16:32

Gwalior: The passengers of Bangalore-New
Delhi Rajdhani Express had a narrow escape early on Thursday when a
goods train derailed at Birla Nagar Station near here around
2.30 am.

The goods train, coming from Delhi side and carrying
wheat, derailed and some waggons fell on the Down-track along
which Rajdhani was to pass, railway sources said.

The engine of the train hit a pole on the Up-track, and
fell on the other side.
However, as the information about derailment reached
Gwalior, the railway staff there immediately contacted the
driver of Rajdhani over wireless and asked him to stop the
train at Sithouli station before Gwalior.

As the Rajdhani, which has no stop at Gwalior, was to
pass without halting, there could have been a major mishap had
the staff not acted swiftly, sources added.

The train traffic on both Up and Down lines remained
disrupted for over two hours. Later the stranded trains
including Rajdhani moved on along the Up-track.
The rail traffic on the Down-track was restored around
11 am. No casualty has been reported in the derailment.


First Published: Thursday, January 19, 2012 - 16:32
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