Train ac­ci­den­tally put on emer­gency track, driver averts col­li­sion

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - NATION -

BAREILLY: A pas­sen­ger train was ac­ci­den­tally di­rected to­wards an emer­gency track with dead-end bar­ri­ers due to a ma­jor mix-up of train sig­nals at Kas­ganj rail­way sta­tion on Wed­nes­day night.

But the alert loco pi­lot pre­vented a col­li­sion. Se­nior rail of­fi­cials have ini­ti­ated an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the mat­ter.

The train op­er­a­tion at Kas­ganj sta­tion comes un­der the ju­ris­dic­tion of Iz­zat­na­gar di­vi­sion of North East­ern Rail­way.

Con­firm­ing the in­ci­dent, pub­lic re­la­tions of­fi­cer (PRO) Rajendra Singh said, “The in­ci­dent oc­curred around 10 pm on Wed­nes­day. The Agra Fort pas­sen­ger train com­ing from Agra was di­rected on an emer­gency track.”

Emer­gency tracks are used to force-stop rail en­gines in case of emer­gen­cies. “Prima fa­cie, it ap­pears that the mix- up oc­curred be­cause of wrong sig­nalling. The ex­act cause will only be de­duced af­ter in­ves­ti­ga­tion,” he added.

The train was packed with pas­sen­gers and most of them were asleep. The loco pi­lots in the engine saw the dead-end and man­aged to stop the train in time.

The train was later re­versed and put on the right track. The loco pi­lots in­formed the sta­tion master (who han­dles the sig­nalling sys­tem at the plat­form) about the in­ci­dent while se­nior of­fi­cials in Iz­zat­na­gar, Bareilly were also in­formed.

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