Alert driver averts train collision

The driver of Alipurduar-bound Mahananda Express averted a Sainthia-type mishap on Wednesday when he applied the brakes immediately after noticing that a stationery goods train was on same track in Khagaria district.

The Express, with a pilot engine, was inadvertently diverted to the same track at Mansi station on which the goods train was stationery around 2.30 pm, railway officials said.

The driver noticed the goods train and immediately applied the brakes, they said.

Later the train backed on to another track.

“We consider it as a lapse on the part of the railway official manning the signal system,” East Central Railways spokesperson Dilip Kumar said.

An enquiry is also being conducted into the incident.

On Monday, 66 people were killed when the Uttarbanga Express rammed into the Vananchal Express from behind at Sainthia in West Bengal.

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