Big train accident averted in Bengal, Ispat Express coupling opened; two pieces of rail
On Sunday the 22861 Howrah-Kantabanji Ispat Express escaped a major rail mishap near Santragachi station in the Bengal‘s Howrah district. However, the passengers travelling by train panicked because of the development.
After departing from Howrah station, as the train crossed the Banksara rail gate after Santragachi station, one of the couplets connecting two compartments got uncoupled. As a result, the engine of the train kept on rushing towards the destination with only the first two compartments, while the remaining compartments slowed down and got stranded near the rail gate.
Eastern Railway officials informed that the time when the couplets connecting the two compartments got uncoupled, the speed of the engine was quite slow and hence a major danger could be averted.
Passengers blamed the railway staff for allowing the train to leave Howrah station without properly checking the couplets connecting two compartments.
The compartments that got uncoupled from the engine remained stranded at Santragachi station for a long time. However, railway sources said that an alternative engine was brought and Ispat Express has again departed for its destination. An internal enquiry into the matter has started.
[With Inputs from IANS]
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