Goods train derails near Khandala; 3 derailments in a day

Goods train derails near Khandala; 3 derailments in a day

Ronald Pratt
September 8, 2017

Hours after seven coaches of the Shaktipunj Express derailed early on Thursday morning in Uttar Pradesh's Sonbhadra district, the engine and generator wagon of Delhi-bound Ranchi Rajdhani Express too went off tracks just a few kilometers before the train was scheduled to reach the New Delhi railway station.

The injured man, identified as Imam Hussain, was taken to Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital in Daryaganj, Sharma added. The engine and power coach only have derailed near Shivaji Bridge. However, no casualties have been reported due to the derailment till now.

Indian Railways is one of the world's largest train networks, criss-crossing the country from north to south and carrying millions of passengers daily, but its safety record is poor.

However, there have been no reports of injuries.

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The first derailment occurred around 06:25 am, when seven coaches of Jabalpur-bound Shaktipunj Express jumped the tracks near the Obra Dam station in the Sonbhadra district of Uttar Pradesh, in third such mishap in the state within a month. No one was injured in that mishap also. According to railway officials, the incident occurred near Obara around 6 am.

It was last Monday when Suresh Prabhu was removed from the post of Railways Minister as Piyush Goyal was given the charge to head the ministry.

And on August 19, 14 coaches of Utkal Express derailed in the same state, killing at least 24 people and injuring over 150 others.