Goods train derails, falls into Nandira river
Bhubaneswar: At least nine wagons of a goods train running on Angul-Talcher Road route of East Coast Railway derailed in the early hours of Tuesday and fell into a river, officials said. The wagons, carrying wheat, plunged into the river around 2.30 am, but the loco pilot and other staff were reported to be safe as the engine remained on the track.
Heavy rain in the wake of a deep depression in the Bay of Bengal is likely to have caused the accident on a bridge over Nandira river when the goods train was on its way from Firozpur to Khurda Road, the officials said. Talcher recorded 394 mm of rainfall in the last two days.
Accident relief trains from Sambalpur and Khurda Road have been rushed to the spot, where senior officials are reviewing the restoration work.
Prima facie, the cause of the derailment appears to be flash flood. Retaining walls on both sides have been damaged and washout of tracks on approach to the bridge from the Angul side was also noticed, an ECoR official said.
In view of the derailment, the train service in Dhenkanal-Sambalpur rail section has been affected. The ECoR has cancelled 12 trains, diverted eight and partially cancelled one, said the official. Bhubaneswar-Rourkela intercity special train has been cancelled from Bhubaneswar and Puri-LTT special cancelled from Puri.
Meanwhile, Rourkela-Puri special train, Bhubaneswar-Balangir intercity special, Hatia-Puri special, Puri-Durg special and Rourkela-Gunupur special were cancelled from both directions, the ECoR added.
Rourkela-Bhubaneswar intercity special train will run between Rourkela and Sambalpur but remain cancelled between Sambalpur and Bhubaneswar.
In view of derailment on Angul-Talcher Road section, snacks were distributed to stranded passengers of Bikaner-Puri special at Sambalpur station.