Jamshedpur: A major mishap was averted as the driver of Mumbai Mail train timely applied emergency brakes after detecting a crack in the luggage van in the rear end of the train. Passengers of the Howrah-bound Mumbai Mail had a close shave on Tuesday.
The incident took place at around 1.30 am near Lotapahar in the Sonua-Chakradharpur railway section of South Eastern Railway’s Chakradharpur division. An accident relief train had to be rushed to the spot from Chakradharpur.
An official of Chakradharpur railway division confirmed the incident. ” We are probing the incident. As we received the news an accident relief train was rushed to the spot. A crack had developed in the luggage van. The driver got an alert and immediately stopped the train. The damaged luggage van was later replaced,” he said.
Spokesperson of South Eastern Railway Sanjay Ghosh said a mishap was averted due to timely detection of the crack in the luggage van. ” A probe has been initiated in this regard,” he said.
Following the mishap, train services was hit on track for about four hours between 1.30 am and 5.30 am in Sonua-Chakradharpur section. The train was made to halt at Sonua railway station till the time the damaged luggage van detached and replaced with another van.
The mishap delayed the train. The scheduled arrival time of the train at Tatanagar is 1.32 am whereas it reached at 7.20 am in the morning. After a five minutes halt it proceeded on its onward journey.