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Two trains derail at same spot in UP within 10 hours

North Eastern Railway officials claimed a ‘technical glitch’ led to the derailments.

lucknow Updated: Sep 19, 2017 23:24 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Lucknow
North Eastern Railway,Uttar Pradesh,Sitapur
The engine of Budwal-Balamau passenger train derails in Sitapur on Monday night. (PTI)

Two trains derailed at the same spot in a span of 10 hours in Sitapur district of Uttar Pradesh, but no casualties were reported. The twin incidents have once again raised a question mark on passenger safety.

North Eastern Railway (NER) officials claimed a ‘technical glitch’ led to the derailments. The official have formed a high level committee to probe the matter.

A senior section engineer was suspended in connection with the twin-derailments, Alok Srivastava, public relation officer (PRO) NER Lucknow, said.

First, the Sitapur-Balamau passenger train (54322) derailed between the cantonment and city stations around 9.40pm on Monday. The NER officials, who rushed to the site, said a wheel of the passenger train got derail, blocking the route and bringing train traffic to a halt.

The incident caused panic among the passengers. Train movement on the track was restored at around 1.20am on Tuesday.

Less than six hours later, a goods train derailed at the same point at 7.10am on Tuesday, bringing rail traffic on the route to a halt again.

Alok Srivastava said train movement on the track was restored around 10.20am on Tuesday. He said a senior section engineer was suspended in twin-derailment issue.

Alok Kumar, divisional railway manager (DRM) NER, said some trains were diverted following the second accident and the caution speed on the route has been reduced to 10km per hour. He said an inquiry has been instituted into the matter.

There has been a spate of train accidents in Uttar Pradesh over the past two months. On September 7, seven carriages of the Shaktipunj Express derailed in Sonbhadra district.

Just a few weeks before that, on 23 August, nine coaches of the Delhi-bound Kaifiyat Express derailed in Auraiya district, injuring 21 people.

On August 19, six bogies of the Puri-Haridwar Utkal Express jumped the tracks in Khatauli (Muzaffarnagar), leaving 20 people dead and 80 injured

First Published: Sep 19, 2017 23:24 IST