Railway authorities diverted a local train into a dead end 'Sand Hump', an emergency track at Malkajigiri railway station in Hyderabad, after the loco-pilot reported that he was unable to control the train, possibly due to a mechanical hitch.

The locomotive ploughed through the sand and halted, as a pair of wheels of a compartment came off. None was injured, said a South Central Railway spokesman.

The local push-pull train runs between Medchal to Secunderabad and is used mostly by vegetable vendors and office goers. The emergency diversion took place at 6.55 a.m, authorities said. There was no disruption of traffic.

The 'Sand Hump' is an emergency dead end line covered with sand to take care of such emergencies only. The loco-pilot reported that he lost control of the engine at Cavalry Railway Station, ahead of Malkajigiri and the control room took a quick decision of diverting it into the Sand Hump.