The passengers of Allahabad-Haridwar Express had a narrow escape when seven bogies got decoupled from the train near Antu railway station in Pratapgarh at around 2 am on Friday.
According to reports, the Allahabad-Haridwar Express reached Pratapgarh at 1.13 am and was allowed to move ahead after giving pass to another train at 1.33 am. At 2.03 am, the train left Antu station for Amethi.
As the train neared Misrauli, seven of its bogies got separated due to loose coupling while the engine, along with eight bogies, continued to move ahead. Panic gripped the passengers of the bogies that were left behind as it continued to move. The separated coaches stopped after covering a distance of around 300 metres. The passengers got down and heaved a sigh of relief on finding all the bogies on track.
The driver brought back the train and linked the bogies again with the help of the guard. The train crossed Misrauli at around 2.50 am.
A passenger Nayan Mishra said the train was travelling at a high speed when the incident took place. He added that women and children got scared when they came to know about the decoupling.
Station superintendent of Pratapgarh KN Sharma confirmed the incident and said that the train had to reach Misrauli within 7-8 minutes after departing from Antu.
“The train took 55 minutes to reach Amethi from Antu. The separated bogies were reconnected by the driver and the guard who did not inform the officials in Pratapgarh or Amethi about the incident. They may have informed Lucknow control room later on,” he said. Sharma said that the incident did not affect the movement of trains.