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Train derails, traffic blocked for 4 hours

AN ENGINE and two bogies of the Mhow-Ujjain train derailed and overturned this morning when it was being brought to the station for departure to Indore at 6.40 am.

india Updated: Feb 23, 2006 13:36 IST

AN ENGINE and two bogies of the Mhow-Ujjain train derailed and overturned this morning when it was being brought to the station for departure to Indore at 6.40 am.

According to Railways officials, prima facie it has been established that the driver, Lakshmi Narayan Tiwari, drove the train without getting the green signal for that line, which caused derailment and then overturning of the train. The sound of the bogies falling off the track was heard in the nearby localities such as Khan Colony, Simrol Road and Vaidya Colony.

The train fell on the main line of Khandwa and Mhow near the cabin towards the Khandwa end and about 200 meters from the Mhow railway station.

As a result of this, the Jaipur-Purna Meenakshi Express, which reached Mhow station at 5.30 am, was delayed, as the track was not cleared. Other two trains that were affected by this accident were 472 down Akola-Ajmer Express, which reached Patalpani at 7 am and was stopped there. The third affected train was 9396 down Khandwa-Ujjain passenger reached Kalakund station at 8.25 am and was stopped there.

After getting information of the accident, Railways officials from Mhow, Indore and Ratlam started reaching the spot. An accident relief train fitted with a powerful crane, which is based at Mhow, also reached the spot. Asst Divisional Railway

Manager N K Gupta, divisional signals & telecom engineer N Bhave, divisional operations manager Pankaj Uike, divisional safety officer Dinesh Gupta, coach depot officer Pranjal Chandra, divisional engineer H K Gupta and Indore station superintendent Satish Yadav were among those to arrive and inquire about the facts behind derailment and overturning.

After about four hours, the track was cleared at 9.20 am and the Meenakshi Express passed at 9.25 am, Akola-Ajmer express was released at 9.55 am and lastly the Khandwa-Ujjain train was released at 11.30 am.

Sources said that that serious action, including removal from services, could be taken against driver Lakshmi Narayan Tiwari for ignoring the red signal. Indore-based Western Railway PRO Nitin David said that an inquiry would be conducted to find out the facts behind the derailment and then alone action would be initiated against the person found guilty.

First Published: Feb 23, 2006 13:36 IST