Kolkata: A major mishap was averted with one compartment of the Howrah-Puri Dhauli Express derailing on Tuesday morning near Pashkura. No injuries have been reported so far. The Railways officials have reached the spot.
The incident occurred at 7:20 in the morning in between Bhogpur and Paskura station. Soon after the incident, the brakes were used and the train stopped.
The train services are normal, butthe trains in this line are going slow. The railway officials have started an investigation. Such an incident has caused panic among the passengers.
Helpline numbers have been opened.
Howrah station: 03326377197,
Kharagpur station: 03222255897
Balasore station: 06782265767
Efforts are underway to remove the derailed compartment. It would take some time for normalcy to resume, as assumed the railway officials. The train escaped fortunately from a major incident. No effect in the railway services at the South-East section. The trains are moving using the other lines.
No one was injured in the accident that occurred between Bhogpur and Panskura stations in Howrah-Kharagpur section of SER at 7.10 am, spokesman Sanjay Ghosh said.
The wheel of the chair car coach (B-3), positioned sixth from the engine, derailed when the Dhauli Express was travelling from Howrah to Puri, he said.
An accident relief train and senior officers of the SER rushed to the spot, which is about 67 km from Howrah.
The train will resume its onward journey towards Puri following amalgamation of coaches after detaching the affected coach, Ghosh said.
“For the convenience of passengers en route, 12703 Howrah-Secundrabad Faluknama Express will be provided all stoppages of Dhauli Express up to Khurda Road station,” he said.
The stranded passengers have been taken in the Faluknama express which is bound towards Secunderabad. The Faluknama express will stop at all stations where the Dhauli express was supposed to stop.