The engine and generator wagon of Ranchi Rajdhani derailed near Shivaji Bridge station in Delhi today. No injuries have been reported so far.
Railways official said the driver heard a cracking sound after which the engine and generator bogey were derailed.
“We received information about the incident at about 11:24AM. The Delhi bound Ranchi Rajdhani was changing tracks to reach its scheduled platform at the New Delhi Railway station. All the passengers are safe as only the engine and the generator car were derailed,” said Anshul Gupta, DRM, Northern Railways.
An inquiry has been ordered to look into the reason behind the derailment.
“It is too early to reach at any conclusion. An inquiry will ascertain the reason of the incident. Currently, our priority is to clear the line and restore it for functioning,” said Gupta.
A number of senior railway officials reached the spot with rescue teams to clear the track, which is the main line to connect Delhi from eastern part of India.
“We felt a sudden jerk when the train was about to reach New Delhi railway station. The train stopped after the jerk. The railway officials told us that the engine and a bogey have been derailed. We got down at Shivaji Bridge and called a taxi,” said a passenger Renu Singh.
Earlier in the morning, seven coaches of Howrah-Jabalpur Shaktipunj Express derailed near Obra in Sonbhadra district. No one was injured in the accident.
This was the fourth rail accident within a month and first since Piyush Goyal was handed over the responsibility of Railways in the recent Cabinet reshuffle after Suresh Prabhu offered to step down taking moral responsibility of series of rail accidents. Read more
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