Derailments of two Passengers Trains irks Railways, casualties averted

In the North, Jaipur-Chennai Express derails at Jaipur Junction while in the South, Chennai-Mangalore Central Express derails near Poovanur Station

Jaipur / Chennai:  The engine of Jaipur-Chennai Express was derailed at the Jaipur junction on Thursday. A major accident was averted since the speed of the train was slow. Bayana passenger train which was coming just after the Jaipur-Chennai train, was stopped mid-way which was running at it’s schedule time. According to information the Jaipur-Chennai express was had arrived at platform number 4 of the Jaipur junction at 6 am but soon after it derailed. No casualties or injuries were reported as all carriages were safe. The main reason behind the mishap was a crack in the railway track. However, the railway in-charge denied that there was any cracks in the tracks. Due to this five wheels of the engine were derailed. After getting information, the Railway officer in-charge reached at the accident site and the derailed engine was replaced with a new one. Bayana passenger train on the other hand, reached the station half an hour late from its scheduled time.

In an other incident, at least 38 passengers, including 25 women, were injured when Train No. 16859 Chennai Egmore-Mangalore Central Express derailed near Poovanur railway station in Tiruchi Division around 2 am on Friday. Cuddalore Collector S Suresh Kumar met the injured at the hospital. Railway officials began restoration work. Derailed coaches have been removed off the tracks.  Police have ruled out sabotage in this incident.  Most of the injured passengers treated as out-patients at Vridhachalam Government Hospital. One woman admitted with shoulder injury. Some passengers who preferred not to continue journey moved to Salem, Tiruchi and Villuppuram by special buses by the State Government. All trains heading to Chennai Egmore from southern Tamil Nadu were detained at various stations in Tiruchi division, railway sources said.

The frequency of railway accidents in India has always remained a cause of concern in a country where estimated 23 million people use the service every day.