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Two coaches of goods train derail near Khandala; third derailment within hours

Two coaches of goods train derail near Khandala; third derailment within hours

Khandala: Two wagons of a goods train derailed near Khandala on Thursday at around 3:55 pm.

“Two wagons of the goods trains derailed in Khandala this afternoon. We are in the process of clearing the tracks,” Sunil Udasi, chief public relations officer, Central Railway said.

Earlier, today two more trains went off the tracks – one in the national capital and the other in Uttar Pradesh’s Sonbhadra – within hours of each other.

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.

As the train, which was coming from Howrah, went off the track, the rail traffic on the Chaupan-Singharauli route was disrupted.

Soon afterward, the engine and power car of the Ranchi-Delhi Rajdhani Express derailed near Minto Bridge at 11:45 am as it was approaching the Delhi station, injuring one person and raising questions about the safety of passengers.

Even as the authorities and the passengers dealt with the aftermath of these two derailments, another news came, again from UP, that a fracture in the track was detected between Farrukhabad and Fatehgarh, minutes before the Kalindi Express was scheduled to pass.

Alert locals managed to get the Delhi-Kanpur Kalindi Express stopped before the damaged portion of the track, police officials said.

—PTI