Malda accident: Traffic to be restored by evening

Last Updated: Monday, August 1, 2011 - 12:17

Kolkata: The rail link between north and
south Bengal, which remained snapped since the derailment of
the Guwahati-Bengaluru Express near Malda on Sunday, is
expected to be partially restored by this afternoon, Eastern
Railway sources said here.

"The Up line is expected to be functional around 4 pm
today. It will take a little more (time) to repair the Down
line but we are hoping to make it operational by tonight," the
sources said.

Stating that rescue operations had been completed, they
said, adding that work was now on to clear the tracks of
debris and restore them.

Three cranes, each of 140 tonnes capacity, were being
operated at the site for clearing the debris, the sources
said.

A train carrying the stranded passengers of the
Guwahati-Bengaluru Express will leave Malda for Bengaluru at 5
pm today. A fully air-conditioned train will leave the Kolkata
station for Malda this afternoon to clear the rush of north
Bengal-bound passengers, the sources said.

Meanwhile, a report from Malda said the Commissioner of
Railway Safety has reached the accident site and begun
investigations.

The condition of five injured passengers admitted to
Malda Sadar Hospital was stated to be serious.

One person was killed and 50 were injured when 11 bogies
of Guwahati-Bengaluru Express and a passenger train derailed
after a collision at Jamirghata in district yesterday.

The passenger train was coming from the opposite
direction on the second line when the driver applied emergency
breaks after seeing the derailed coaches but could not prevent
the train from brushing against the coaches.

PTI



First Published: Monday, August 1, 2011 - 12:17

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