This is something unheard of in the Indian railways. A wheel of a moving train broke into two pieces; however, a tragedy was averted as driver of the train safely brought it to a halt.
A high level inquiry has been ordered to examine the cause of the incident. Railway sources said the incident occurred near Nagpur in Maharashtra when a wheel of the Gorakhpur – Yashwantpur express broke down.
A passenger was reportedly injured in the incident. “This is the rarest of rare cases of wheel defect. It is a matter of detailed investigation and laboratory test of materials has been ordered,” said Ved Prakash, Director (press and information) of Railway Board.
A senior railway official said the train was stopped immediately after some unusual sound started coming from the wheels. However, the train had already run for a few kilometers before it was brought to halt. Read More
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