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Posted at: Apr 21, 2017, 12:59 AM; last updated: Apr 21, 2017, 12:59 AM (IST)

13 wagons of goods train derail

13 wagons of goods train derail
A wagon of a goods train stuck in the Markanda railway bridge after the train derailed between the Barara and Kesri stations in Ambala on Thursday. Tribune photo

Tribune News Service

Ambala, April 20

Thirteen wagons of a goods train laden with coal derailed between the Barara and Kesri stations, near Tandwal village, on the Saharanpur-Ambala section of Ambala division on Thursday.

Consequently, both Uttar Pradesh and Down lines got blocked, affecting rail traffic badly. Over 30 trains were cancelled, partially cancelled or diverted.

Four wagons were badly damaged and coal got spilled around tracks and fields. However, no causality has been reported. The driver, assistant and the guard of the train were safe. Senior Railway officials reached the spot after getting information. Additional General Manager, Northern Railway, Vedpal also visited the accident spot.

“The incident occurred on the Ambala-Saharanpur route in the afternoon. The train was loaded with coal and 13 of its 58 wagons got derailed. It was on its way from Barara to Gari Brahman, near Pathankot, and at the Saharanpur end of the Markanda railway bridge, the wagons got derailed. Both lines have been blocked and our first priority is to restore traffic,” said Divisional Railway Manager Dinesh Kumar.

“The bridge has got slightly damaged. The repair work has started but the train traffic will be restored by 8 am on Friday,” he added.

According to information, some repair work is being done and miscommunication between officials may have led to the incident. However, the DRM said, “The exact cause can’t be ascertained right now. An inquiry has been ordered and its detailed report will tell who was at fault”.

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