Narrow escape for train passengers

HYDERABAD: People travelling in the 523 Secunderabad-Guntur passenger had a narrow escape when the engine of the train derailed between Shadnagar and Balanagar stations, about 60 km from here, early on Sunday.

According to the South Central Railway authorities, six wheels of the engine suddenly came off after it chugged out of the Shadnagar railway station. However, the engine, which fell on its side, was dragged to a distance of nearly 100 metres before coming to a halt. As the train had not yet picked up speed, none of the bogies were derailed. Luckily, though the mishap took place on an embankment, no one was injured in the mishap.

The train had earlier left Secunderabad railway station at 4.45 a.m. and was on its way to Guntur via Mahabubnagar, Kurnool and Dronachalam. The derailment occurred at 6.38 a.m. A team of senior SCR officials led by the Additional General Manager, A. K. Jain, the Hyderabad Division Railway Manager, Ranjit Khosla, rushed to the spot to supervise relief and track restoration operations. They arranged two buses to tranship passengers from Shadnagar to Balanagar and Mahabubnagar.

The track was repaired on a war-footing and through traffic on the line restored within nine hours, the SCR authorities said. Preliminary enquiries revealed that a fault in the welding of the rails led to the derailment.

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