Kanpur: A major train accident was averted on Wednesday morning between Sarai Bhupat and Jaswant Nagar railway stations on Howrah-Delhi route after the Barauni-New Delhi Special train was divided into two parts after a coupling broke in Etawah district.
According to reports, the railway authorities immediately stopped the power supply to overhead equipment (OHE is an electrical cable that is used to transmit electrical energy to electric locomotives) and attached the couplings. No casualty or injury was reported. As per reports, the incident took place at around 3.14 am when the coupling of the special train, on way to New Delhi from Barauni, broke into two parts on Howrah-Delhi up route.
While confirming the incident, Amit Singh, public relations officer of North Central Railway (NCR) said that 02563 Barauni New Delhi Special train split into two parts between Sarai Bhupat and Jaswantnagar railway stations in Etawah. After this incident, technical teams of the railways were pressed into service on a war footing and the train was dispatched to New Delhi.
He said that the railways would investigate the incident and for this preparations were being made at the departmental level. “The train was divided into two parts at 3:14 am on Wednesday, while it was crossing from Sarai Bhupat railway station. The engine and a few coaches went forward about 200 meters while the other coaches were left behind,” he added.
According to information, from 3.18 am to 5:37 pm, officials of various levels of railways connected the train which left for Delhi. Earlier, on receiving information about the splitting of the train into two parts, there was panic among the railway officials and the trains coming behind were stopped by shutting off the overhead electric supply so that they could not collide with the coaches left on the track.
Due to timely action, a big accident was averted. All the passengers in the coach were sleeping at the time of the incident.
As soon as the accident happened, the driver and guard were immediately informed at the railway station. Subsequently, the Control room was informed. The train engine with a few coaches which reached more than 200 meters ahead was taken back and sent to the destination after attaching it with the remaining coaches. The incident delayed the Humsafar Express, Mahabodhi Express and Poorva Express from its actual schedule, officials added.