Aurangabad-Hyderabad passenger train derails near Bidar, no casualties
New Delhi, April 21, 2017
The 57440 Aurangabad-Hyderabad passenger train derailed near Bidar in Karnataka in the early hours of today, but there are no casualties, official sources said.
The derailment occurred at 0149 hours between Kalgupur and Bhalki stations in the Secunderabad Division of South Central Railway (SCR), they said.
The sources said the engine and four coaches of the train had derailed. They said no injuries had been reported and the affected section had been cleared for normal movement of traffic.
SCR sources said the eight unaffected coaches at the rear of the train had been moved to Kalgupur by 0545 hours. Some Karnataka State Transport buses had also been arranged to move the passengers of the derailed train to Kalgupur, they said.
Senior officials, including the SCR General Manager, had left for the scene of the mishap, they said.
A high-level committee, consisting of the SCR Chief Safety Officer,Chief Track Engineer, Chief Motive Power Engineer and Chief Traffic Manager, has been constituted to probe the derailment, the sources said.
The Railways have set up the following helpline numbers of providing information to the passengers and their relatives:
Some trains were diverted, delayed, cancelled or partially cancelled as a result of the derailment, the sources added.
This is the third train derailment in the past four weeks on the Indian Railways. On April 15, eight coaches of the 22454 Meerut-Lucknow Rajya Rani Express derailed near Rampur in Uttar Pradesh, and at least two passengers suffered injuries.
On March 30, eight coaches of the Jabalpur-Hazrat Nizamuddin Mahakaushal Express had derailed near Mahoba in Uttar Pradesh, injuring at least 13 people.
At least 39 passengers died and 50 others suffered injuries when nine coaches and the engine of the 18438 Jungarh Road-Bhubaneswar link train portion of 18448 Jagdalpur-Jungarh Road-Bhubaneswar Hirakhand Express derailed in Vizianagaram district of Andhra Pradesh in the night of January 21.
At least 61 passengers suffered injuries when as many as 15 coaches of the 12987 Sealdah-Ajmer Express derailed near Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh early in the morning of December 28, 2016.
On November 20, 2016, more than 120 people died and more than 200 suffered injuries when 14 coaches of the Indore-Patna Express derailed in Kanpur Dehat district of Uttar Pradesh.
These incidents have underlined the challenges that the Railways face on the passenger safety front.