Alert driver Mahendra Singh saves Rajdhani Express passengers

Kolkata, Aug 30 (Calcutta Tube/IBNS)  An alert driver on Monday averted a major train accident by using emergency brake when the Howrah bound down Rajdhani Express developed a technical snag outside Baruipur station in Hooghly district resulting in derailment of two wheels of the engine car.

Eastern Railway’s chief public relations officer Samir Goswami said there had been no injury or casualty. He said a relief train moved near the site, about 35 kms from Howrah station, to fetch the stranded passengers.

Driver Mahendra Singh, who held the wheels from Dhanbad staion, said, ” I used the emergency brake when a specific brake for wheel No 8 develop a snag resulting in derailment of the wheels of the engine car.”

“I heard a big sound soon after passing through the Baruipur station and found the brake for wheel No 8 is not working.”

The impact of sudden brake cracked the track on the Chord line in Hooghly district connecting Howrah and Sealdah stations with Burdwan.

An initial report said about 300 pandoral clips on the tracks were removed.

However,  Director General (Railway) Dilip Mitra told a TV channel that initial investigation suggests no attempt of sabotage.
He said the pendrol clips were dislocated under the impact of the application of the emergency brake.
“There is no prima facie evidence of sabotage,” Mitra said.
Sniffer dogs were brought to assist investigation.

The Eastern Railway officials rushed to the accident site and an inquiry was ordered to determine the causes of the derailment.
Another report said  four wheels of  the engine car jumped tracks.

The driver, who is not aware about the removal of pandoral clips, said ” I used the emergency brake for saving the train after finding that the brake for wheel No 8 is not functioning.”

The down line was suspended until the new line was laid, ER officials said.

The incident occurred around 9.25 am.

The train had left New Delhi on Sunday afternoon.

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