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Ahmedabad-Puri express coaches roll down 15km sans engine; 7 suspended

Titlagarh (Odisha): A major train accident was averted when coaches of Ahmedabad-Puri express rolling down towards Kesinga side in Odisha’s Titlagarh was stopped by putting wooden blocks on the track late on Saturday.The train had rolled down for 15 kilometres without any engine, following which two employees, who didn’t follow the engine shunting procedure, two engine drivers and three carriage-repairing staffer were suspended.General Manager of East Coast Railway Shri Umesh Singh called for immediate corrective action and stringent exemplary action in this caseChief Safety Officer of East Coast Railway Shri S. S. Mishra advised a special safety drive at all stations over East Coast.

“A case of rolling down of coaches of Ahmedabad-Puri express towards Kesinga side had occurred. This happened due to non-application of skid-brake on the wheels of the coaches by staff concerned,” the East Coast Railway said in a statement.All passengers are safe, the statement added.

The incident took placed at around 10 PM on Saturday at Titlagarh, 400 km from Bhubaneswar. At Titlagarh usually, the engine reversal of the train takes place. When the engine is detached to be attached at the other end, the coaches should be secured with skids at the wheels. In this case, it appears that the skids have either not been placed or placed improperly.Meanwhile, Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) Sambalpur has ordered a senior officer-level enquiry into the incident.





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