Eight coaches and two engines of the Vasco-Howrah Amaravati Express (8048) derailed near Koppal on Friday after the train hit a road roller at an unmanned level-crossing.

Six persons, including the drivers of the road roller and the train, were injured in the accident. The driver of the road roller, whose identity is yet to be established, has been shifted to KIMS Hospital in Hubli.

Train driver Subbarayudu suffered a minor head injury. Lakshman Bhat Pujar (65) and Ambujabai Pujar (60) of Hospet have been sent to KIMS Hospital. Mahadev Dattatreya of Andhra Pradesh and Rudrayya Gurubasayya of Lakshmeshwar were treated at the Government Hospital in Koppal.

According to South Western Railway authorities, the accident occurred at 3 p.m. at the level-crossing between Bannikoppa and Banapur stations on the Gadag-Koppal section.

Of the train's 23 coaches, four passenger coaches (two general and two AC coaches) and four parcel vans derailed.

Divisional Railway Manager Adesh Sharma and senior officials of the Engineering and Mechanical Department are monitoring relief and restoration work.

Arrangements were made to bring 15 coaches back to Hubli. The passengers were taken to their destinations via Chikkajajur, Rayadurg and Bellary.

After the accident, the Railways cancelled some trains. Other trains were diverted. The route is likely to be restored for traffic on Saturday.

The Hubli-Bangalore Hampi Express (6591) and the Kolhapur-Tirupati Haripriya Express (7416) were diverted via Chikkajajur, Rayadurg and Bellary.

The accident resulted in the partial cancellation of several trains on Friday and Saturday.

The Tirupati-Hubli Passenger train (271) was cancelled between Hospet and Hubli on Friday..

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