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Updated: May 6, 2012 22:03 IST

Rail fracture derails Punjab Mail; 29 injured

Ashok Kumar
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Derailed coaches of the Firozpur-Mumbai Punjab Mail, near Rohtak in Haryana on Sunday.
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Derailed coaches of the Firozpur-Mumbai Punjab Mail, near Rohtak in Haryana on Sunday.

Twenty-nine people, including 12 women, were injured when eight coaches of the Mumbai-bound Ferozpur-Mumbai Punjab Mail derailed near Rohtak in Haryana in the early hours of Sunday.

Three of the injured were said to be in a critical condition.

An inquiry by Commissioner Railway Safety (Northern Circle) R.K. Kardam has been ordered into the incident, which occurred between the Sampla and Kharawar stations in the Rohtak-New Delhi section at 3.50 a.m. Following the derailment, over 30 trains were cancelled, partially cancelled or diverted.

Preliminary investigations revealed that the derailment was caused by a rail fracture. More than 300 metres of the track was wrecked, said a senior railway official present at the site.

“It was around 4 a.m. that we got information…and immediately, teams of doctors, along with rescue teams, were rushed to the spot to give the victims medical aid. After all the injured were pulled out, a restoration operation was initiated to normalise traffic on the route,” said Northern Railway General Manager Raj Shekhar.

The injured were taken to the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Rohtak, where a team of doctors, headed by Northern Railway Chief Medical Superintendent A. Shukla, was present to assist the hospital authorities.

Ramesh Kumar, 50, Nanhi Bai, 50, and Kapil, 42, sustained grievous injuries.

Recalling his horrific experience, Sudir Kumar Gupta, a passenger, said: “I was travelling on the lower side berth when I felt the train shake violently. I held on to the seat tightly. Suddenly, two women travelling on the berth above fell on me, and the coach was filled with dust. Somehow, I pulled myself out and reached the gate, guided by the light of my mobile phone. It was then that I realised what had happened. It was all dark, and the women and children were screaming for help.”

Most of the injured were discharged during the day, and special arrangements were made for their onward journey.

The restoration operation was still on when last reports came in. “Two cranes from the Delhi and Ambala divisions have been pressed into service. Besides, several railway officers, technicians and more than 400 labourers are working to restore the track on a war footing,” Mr. Shekhar said.

Meanwhile, the unaffected coaches, along with the passengers, arrived in Delhi around 8 a.m. and left on their onward journey an hour later. “A team of Northern Railway officials, led by Chief Commercial Manager P.K. Goel, along with railway doctors, attended to the passengers at the New Delhi station and gave basic medicines to a few. The passengers were also served snacks and water.

Additional coaches were attached to the train to accommodate the passengers.

Railway Minister Mukul Roy spoke to senior railway officials, hospital authorities and the driver of the train and ordered that the best possible treatment be given to the injured.

It was horrible experience...thanks to almighty..me and our coachmates horrified and smog inside compartment further aggravated the situation .If we late by few minutes to open all the windows then we would surely died because of suffocation.

from:  amit
Posted on: May 6, 2012 at 16:25 IST

Now the railway minister Shri Mukul Roy, has to ask Mamataji, what to do as "26 injured as Punjab Mail derails in Haryana." He is a puppet and do not know what to do in a situation like this. When will the PM wake up?

from:  Dr. S. Gavarasana
Posted on: May 6, 2012 at 15:58 IST

After the Railway has come to a conclusion as to what caused the derailment of the Punjab Mail, and after they have concluded that it was not due to sabotage, there remains the precautionary principle which must be invoked in favour of a plausible cause: Rail track distortion(300 meters perhaps damaged as reported by a TV channel) due to the gigantic effects of the World's dam content change at the time of the surge applied at the tracks( perhaps 2230 hrs utc on 5th May2012 when the dams's surges of water moment waves were readjusting from the following two quakes: 2012-05-05 23:06:52.010hr 14min ago 31.48 S 68.93 W 95 4.4 SAN JUAN, ARGENTINA 2012-05-05 22:24:23.710hr 57min ago 38.71 N 43.44 E 16 2.3 EASTERN TURKEY This is precisely the reason why my research shows that the nuclear parks of the world are in imminent danger of explosions created like this and the reactors in India are no exception. Fukushima happened like this and also Kashiwasali Kariwa.Be warned!

from:  Ramaswami Kumar
Posted on: May 6, 2012 at 14:56 IST

Poor State of Country !!!

from:  Krishna
Posted on: May 6, 2012 at 14:28 IST
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