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Train derails near FCI warehouse, misses nearby houses narrowly

A goods train derailed at 11pm on Tuesday near the Food Corporation of India warehouse on the Kanganpur road in Sirsa and crashed into the facility after hitting a motorcycle and an electricity transformer.

punjab Updated: Jan 09, 2014 09:10 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times

A goods train derailed at 11pm on Tuesday near the Food Corporation of India warehouse on the Kanganpur road in Sirsa and crashed into the facility after hitting a motorcycle and an electricity transformer.


The train was stuck between the warehouse toilet and a tree by the side of Friends Colony or it would have run into houses and caused a bigger disaster. People gathered at the scene after electricity went off as a result of the accident.

On Tuesday night, the train arrived in the town to put shipments of wheat in the FCI storage facility. Driver Rupinder Singh was reversing the train into the warehouse when his communication link with guard Tabiz Singh broke.

The train’s rear compartments derailed and came on to the road at high speed, hitting Vishwakarma Repair Works shop, which triggered a bright explosion, apparently the result of damaged motorcycle and stuff.

The uprooting of the transformer disrupted the power supply to the residential colony. Railways’ chief engineer Virender Chaudhar, station master JP Pathak, and Hisar officer Mukesh Srivastava arrived at the scene. Two cranes from Churu in Rajashan arrived to put the train back on line.

First Published: Jan 03, 2014 00:01 IST