Two trains derail, no casualties

Jabalpur-Howrah express derailed in Sonbhadra while the loco and a power car of Ranchi-New Delhi Rajdhani went off track in Delhi

GN Bureau | September 7, 2017


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Photo: Arun Kumar
Photo: Arun Kumar

 Two express trains—Shaktipunj express and Ranchi-New Delhi Rajdhani -- were derailed in Sonbhadra and Delhi respectively on Thursday. However, railways claimed that none of the passengers were injured in both the derailments.

In the first incident, seven coaches of Jabapur Junction bound Howrah-Jabalpur Shaktipunj express derailed near Sonbhadra in Uttar Pradesh at 6.28 am on Thursday. The railways is yet to ascertain the reason behind the derailment. 
 
Sources said Shaktipunj express was not moving at a high speed which prevented a major accident. Passengers woke up with a rude jolt when seven carriages—most of them being sleeper compartments – derailed. The train left for its destination after an hour of the accident. 
 
Barely five hours later, another derailment happened in Delhi where the locomotive and a power car of Ranchi-New Delhi Rajdhani express went off track near Shivaji Stadium station at around noon. The train was bound for New Delhi. 
 
The Rajdhani was moving at a speed of around 15-20 kmph, said an official. 
 
There have been a string of derailments in the recent past. These two accidents are the first to have taken place after new railway minister Piyush Goyal took charge of the ministry on September 4.
 

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