Tundla: A major tragedy was averted on Monday morning, when the engine and two coaches of Kalindi Express derailed after colliding with a goods train. No one was injured.
The accident occurred at 1:40 am when the Kalindi Express which runs between Kanpur Central in the state and Bhiwani in Haryana collided head-on with the goods train approaching on the same track.
A senior Railway official requesting anonymity told IANS: "A big tragedy was averted as the train was slow while it was entering the Tundla station."
The train was just 300 metres from the railway station when it collided with the goods train, he said.
Soon after the accident all the senior officials rushed to the spot. "An inquiry has been ordered," an officer said.
The remaining coaches of the train were decoupled and left for their destination at 5:20 am, he added.
Following the accident, the Delhi-Howrah route was blocked as the railways diverted many trains.
The trains to Howrah were diverted through Lucknow, while those headed to Delhi were diverted through Agra.
Following the incident, Ministry of Railways tweeted:
2/#14723 derailment TUNDLA Ghaziabad Main rail track up and DN blocked,DN trains are diverted via Ghaziabad lko & up train diverted via Agra pic.twitter.com/FYtvwIOso5
— Ministry of Railways (@RailMinIndia) February 20, 2017
ANI on Monday morning reported:
Delhi-bound Kalindi Express collided with a freight train at Tundla junction at 2 AM affecting rail route b/w Delhi & Howrah, no casualties pic.twitter.com/41MXAoo9xJ — ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) February 20, 2017
With inputs from agencies
Updated Date: Feb 20, 2017 12:13 PM