Train Derails on Bridge in Assam, All Safe

A passenger train hanging from a bridge after it derailed at Basugaon in Chirang district of Assam on Saturday
A passenger train hanging from a bridge after it derailed at Basugaon in Chirang district of Assam on Saturday

Guwahati (GWH): A passenger train derailed on a bridge in Assam on Saturday after it reportedly rammed a fallen tree which lay spreadeagled across the track. However, there were no casualties resulting from the incident.

Official sources said the Alipurduar-Guwahati Sifung passenger train derailed on a bridge between Salakati and Basugaon stations in Kokrajhar district of the state at around 5:15 am.

“Five coaches and the engine got derailed in the incident. Four persons, including the driver and the assistant driver sustained minor injuries,” the NorthEast Frontier Railway (NFR) said in a statement.

The two drivers and the injured passengers were admitted to a local hospital. In the aftermath of the mishap, the engine was found to be dangling precariously from the edge of the bridge.

“We were informed that the train derailed after it ramming a tree that was uprooted in a storm on Friday night and was lying across the track near the bridge,” NorthEast Frontier Railway spokesman Nripen Bhattacharya said.

The authorities have ordered a probe into the incident.

“As a result of the derailment, train services on the up line got disrupted. As the restoration work is under way, some short-distance trains were cancelled,” Bhattacharya added.

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