A day after the twin rail disasters in Uttar Pradesh and Assam, an alert driver averted a train accident in Bihar, saving the lives of hundreds of passengers.
Around 8am on Monday, the New Delhi-Muzaffarpur Sapta Kranti express hit a faulty portion of the track between Khairpokhara and Bagaha railway stations in West Champaran district.
"Sensing danger, the driver applied the emergency brake, averting a major accident. The train was travelling at 70 kmph at the time," said Bagaha station superintendent Jaikumar Prasad.
Railway authorities deputed a group of labourers to set right the track within half-an-hour to ensure the train resumed its onward journey to Muzaffarpur. “After clearing and repairing the tracks, the train was flagged off again.
No one sustained any injuries,” Prasad said. Officials at Bagaha said the incident took place as the track had not been aligned.
"Nuts and bolts of the track had not been tightened due to negligence of the mechanical staff," a Bagaha station official said on condition of anonymity.