7 Coaches Of Shaktipunj Express Derail In UP, Third Such Incident In Less Than A Month
September 7th, 2017
Seven coaches of the Howrah-Jabalpur-Shaktipunj Express derailed today, 7 September in Sonbhadra district of Uttar Pradesh.
The express was running at a speed of about 40 km/hr when after leaving the Obra Station in Uttar Pradesh at 6:13 am the seven coaches from the rear end of the train (no. 11448) derailed.
As reported by NDTV, Railway Ministry spokesperson Anil Saxena said, “The accident occurred at around 6:25 am, and we have already cleared out the site.” He further added that all passengers were put on the remaining coaches and all of them had vacated the spot by 7:28 am. “All of them are safe, and no one was injured in the accident,” he said.
Apart from today’s derailment incident happened, two such incidents have been reported, and this is the third such derailment in the state in less than a month.
Uttar Pradesh: Seven coaches of Howrah-Jabalpur-Shaktikunj Express derail near Obra; no injuries reported pic.twitter.com/ZXXrpDsQf7
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The Utkal Express in Muzaffarnagar district derailed on 19 August, where 22 passengers were killed, and 156 were injured. On 23 August, almost 100 passengers were injured when ten coaches of Kaifiyat Express train derailed after crashing into a dumper which deviated on to the tracks in Auraiya district of Uttar Pradesh.
As quoted by The Times Of India, all passengers of the affected coaches have been adjusted in the front portion of the train with the help of the onboard TTE and staff, and it has left the spot with all the passengers of the train.
Arrangements for tea and breakfast had also been made for the passengers at Singrauli Station and additional coaches would also be attached at Singrauli for the convenience of the passengers.
It is not yet clear that what caused the derailment of the Howrah-Jabalpur-Shaktipunj Express.
The Logical Indian community is perturbed by the number of train accidents happening in the last few weeks. 2016-17 was the year with the maximum number of deaths due to train accidents. The Railway authorities seem to have hardly learnt from past mistakes. We urge the government to look into the matter on a priority basis and make sure that such fatal mishaps are avoided.