Bardhaman: The Howrah-Ranchi Intercity Express had a narrow escape on Monday with all credits to the quick action of the train driver.
The incident occurred at Tali in Burdwan. The driver immediately pulled the emergency brakes the moment he understood that the train was derailing. According to sources, two of the wheels of the Howrah-Ranchi Intercity Express suddenly opened and it led to the separation of the train for a few moments. On smelling the problem, the driver immediately applied the emergency brakes and relieved the train of a massive accident.
The Express passes through Bardhaman to reach Ranchi for 3 days and passes through Kharagpur for 3 days of the week. During the time of the incident, the speed of the train was 60 km per hour. It was en route to Ranchi when the incident took place.
The locals have alleged that there is a lack of responsibility on the part of officials who look upon the matter of regularly checking the railway tracks. Due to such carelessness, it is a regular feature of the passengers to become victims to such accidents. They have even accused the railway authorities of not running the trains on proper time.