Passengers of the Chennai-Tirupati Sapthagiri Express had a narrow escape when the railway track was found damaged at Venkata Narasimha Rajuvaripeta railway station at the Andhra Pradesh-Tamil Nadu border, falling under Southern Railway limits.
A goods train had passed the spot around 3 p.m. and the track reportedly broke with a loud thud when its last coach passed. According to an eyewitness Chiranjeevi, a resident of the nearby Dalit colony, the passing of the goods train was marked by a loud noise, which he promptly reported to the gateman, who in turn, passed on the information to the officials of the adjacent Ponpadi station, the first station across the Tamil Nadu border. The Sapthagiri Express which was close on the heels of the goods train was immediately stopped 100 m away from the spot where the track had given in. After the repair work was completed, the train was given the green signal, which reached Tirupati 90 minutes behind schedule. Meanwhile, several Tirupati-bound passengers alighted from the train due to the inordinate delay and boarded buses from Nagari town to reach the temple city.
Railway track damaged at Venkata Narasimha Rajuvaripeta railway station on
AP-Tamil Nadu border