Offtrack: Kashmir records first derailment

Updated on Nov 23, 2011 02:11 PM IST

In the first rail accident since the train services were launched in the Kashmir Valley in 2008, the engine and one coach of the Qazigund-Srinagar-Baramulla train derailed in Anantnag district injuring 20.

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IANS | By, Srinagar

The engine and one coach of the Qazigund-Srinagar-Baramulla train Wednesday derailed in Anantnag district, injuring 20 people, in the first rail accident since the train services were launched in the Kashmir Valley in 2008, police said.

"The derailment took place at Sadoora after the train left the Qazigund railway station today (Wednesday) morning," a police officer told IANS in Srinagar.

"Twenty people have sustained injuries. A relief and rescue operation was immediately started and the injured are being shifted for treatment," he added.

The officer said the derailment was accidental and ruled out any sabotage.

The train service between Qazigund and Baramulla connects the south and north of the valley. A 66-km section of the 119-km rail line, which is yet to be linked to the mainland rail network, was inaugurated on Oct 11, 2008, by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

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