Several trains cancelled, diverted after MP twin train tragedy

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Aug 05, 2015 13:46 IST

The twin derailment of trains between Khandwa and Itarasi section of West Central railway in Madhya Pradesh on Tuesday night has severely affected movement of North-bound trains from Mumbai.

Two trains -- RajendraNagar-Lokmanya Tilak Terminus (LTT) Express and LTT-Varanasi Kamayani express -- derailed in Harda station on Tuesday night around 12.15am. Over 25 passengers dead and many other injured in the mishap.

The railway ministry has ordered a probe of the mishaps saying flash flood due of heavy rain is the prima-facie reason behind the accidents.

However, due to the accident several north bound trains from Mumbai are cancelled and diverted, causing immense trouble to passengers.

CR spokesperson said that trains that were already departed were diverted via Bhusaval-Surat-Bairaghgarh-Nishatpura and Bhusaval-Nagpur-Itarasi route.

Some of these trains include the CST-Firozpur Punjab mail, CST-Amritsar express and CST-Varanasi Mahanagari express among others.

"Many trains which are scheduled to depart today (Wednesday) will also run via diverted route," said CR spokesperson. Railway release also stated that some other trains are either short terminated or cancelled, Of the two CST-Jabalpur express and LTT-Habibganj junction will remain cancelled.

Meanwhile, CR spokesperson said that a special train is arriving to city via Nagpur-Bhusaval route carrying the passengers who were escaped unhurt in the accident. But, exact arrival time of the train to the city is yet to be known.

Read:Harda twin train derailment: 31 dead, 200 rescued; heavy rains hamper rescue ops

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Railway authorities also set up helplines for the convenience of relatives of railway accident victims in Mumbai as well.

Helpline numbers:

Harda: 9752460088
Itarasi: 07572- 241920
Bhopal: 0755-4001609
Bina: 07572-241920
Patna: 0612-2206967

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