Samta Express engine derails in Chhattisgarh

Passengers of Hazrat Nizamuddin-Vishapkapatnam Samata Express had a narrow escape on Sunday when its engine derailed but the coaches were unaffected near Arand railway station in Chhattisgarh, Railway officials said.

Updated: Jun 06, 2010, 17:43 PM IST

Sambalpur (Orissa): Passengers of Hazrat
Nizamuddin-Vishapkapatnam Samata Express had a narrow escape
on Sunday when its engine derailed but the coaches were unaffected
near Arand railway station in Chhattisgarh, Railway officials
said.

No one was injured though rail services on the track
were affected for about five hours due to the derailment at a
place between Arand and Bhimkhoj in Raipur section, about
200 km from here, they said.

Senior Railway officials rushed to the spot to
supervise restoration work and it took about five hours for
the affected train to proceed and rail services on the track
to resume, a senior Railway official said.

Relief and medical trains were sent to the spot from
here while efforts were on to ascertain the reason behind the
derailment, he said.

As Samata Express was stranded at the site for about
five hours, its passengers were provided food, water and
other essentials, sources said.

PTI