Kolkata: Two passenger trains came face-to-face on Thursday at the outer signal of the Sealdah Railway Station here, but a collision was averted as both were able to stop, Eastern railway sources said.
The driver of the Sealdah-Lalgola passenger which left platform 7 at the station at 8:10 am overshot the starter signal and entered the down main line at about 8:17 am, Eastern railway CPRO RN Mahapatra said.
The train stopped just short of the Bongaon-Sealdah local which arrived on the down main line, he said.
He said a collision was averted as both the trains were in very slow motion and the drivers could stop them.
The Sealdah-Lalgola passenger was hauled back to platform 7 and later left at 9.32 am with a new driver, assistant driver and guard.
A departmental enquiry has been ordered.
The driver and assistant driver of the Sealdah-Lalgola passenger have been placed under suspension, a press release issued by ER said.