THE 5046 Gorakhpur-Okha Express collided with a goods train at around 12.30 pm near the Juhi Khalwa Bridge adjacent to the Anwarganj railway station today. In what could have been a major tragedy, only the express train driver Vinod Babu received minor injuries and was admitted to the railway hospital for treatment. No passenger was injured.
The goods train coming from Chandari was moving into the Juhi yard adjacent to Anwarganj railway station. The Gorakhpur-Okha Express coming from the Kanpur Central Railway station changed its track and rammed into the goods train. Four bogies of the goods train got derailed, while two bogies of the express train were damaged.
Though, the railways has made no official statement about the cause of the accident, a senior officer said over-shooting of a signal by one of the drivers of the two trains led to the mishap.
General manager of the North Central Railway (NCR) Budh Prakash said the driver of the Gorakhpur- Okha Express Vinod Babu, assistant driver Sughar Singh, an assistant mechanical engineer and the loco inspector had been suspended after primary investigations. “An inquiry has been ordered into the accident,” he added.
The passengers of the ill-fated coaches were moved to other bogies and taken back to the Kanpur Central Railway station. The entire railway machinery was pressed into action to clear the track. Budh Prakash was present at the site to overlook the operations.
The operation was delayed as a crane could not reach the accident site till 4.30 pm. Railway officials said it would take about 7-9 hours to clear the tracks. Bad weather also delayed the operations. Meanwhile, after necessary clearance the Gorakhpur-Okha Express reached Anwarganj railway station from Kanpur Central at 4.15 pm for its onward journey.