Ajmer-Puri Express Derails – train services affected on Sambalpur-Angul section

जरापादा Jarapada (JRPD): Movement of trains in Angul-Sambalpur section of East Coast Railway (ECoR) was affected on Sunday afternoon after two coaches of Ajmer-Puri Express got derailed on the Jarapada-Boinda Chhak section about 38km from Angul.

The mishap took place on the level-crossing intersecting NH-55 between Boinda and Jarapada stations at about 2.20pm.

Mercifully, there were no reports of any casualties or injuries in the incident.

According to sources, the train stopped on the level-crossing after the derailment of the coaches leading to congestion of vehicles on both sides of the road for nearly two hours.

“After two hours, the technical team came from Sambalpur and separated some coaches facilitating the engine to run to Angul station with the attached bogies. The traffic on the NH too started moving then,” said a source.

The officials in ECoR informed that the divisional railway manager (DRM) Mr Debaraj Panda reached the spot with relief and rescue teams. “The passengers of the two affected coaches were shifted to the other unaffected coaches and the train dispatched from the spot on priority. Though railway medical team reached the site with full preparedness, no medical attention was required due to no injuries reported,” claimed an official.

Following the accident, some trains were cancelled, diverted and short-terminated.

The 18304 Puri-Sambalpur intercity express from Puri was cancelled, while the 18106 Bhubaneswar-Rourkela intercity express ran via Jakhapura and Jaroli towards Rourkela. The 18425 Puri-Durg express ran via Vizianagaram and Rayagada instead of its scheduled path.

Similarly, the 12894 Bolangir-Bhubaneswar intercity express was short-terminated at Sambalpur and remained cancelled between Sambalpur and Bhubaneswar. The 58131 Rourkela-Puri passenger was short terminated at Rairakhol and remained cancelled between Rairakhol and Puri.

Meanwhile, the railways has ordered a high-level enquiry to find out the exact cause of the derailment.
“The report of the enquiry committee is expected to be available within seven days,” said an official.

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