53 out of 58 coal-laden compartments of a goods train derailed on the Gaya-Dhanbad section of East Central Railways (ECR).
Gaya: Prior to the Chhath festival, tens of thousands of migrant workers return to Bihar and Jharkhand to celebrate the festival, 53 out of 58 coal-laden compartments of a goods train derailed on the Gaya-Dhanbad section of East Central Railways (ECR). This forced the diversion of over a dozen long-distance passenger trains.
No casualties were immediately reported, as per the officials, and that the derailment happened following the train’s brakes failing, and it slammed into an electric pole as it crossed a steep region. The train was on its way from Gaya to Koderma.
As per the officials, the loco pilot attempted to reduce the speed of the train after discovering some issues with the brakes, but was unable to do so because of the steep slope
ECR chief public relations officer Birendra Kumar said the train derailed at 6.24am. Due to the accident, the movement of trains has been disrupted, resulting in the diversion of passenger trains.
Kumar further added that the first priority is to restore train movement on both sides.
After the accident the coal was scattered on the railway tracks. Apart from this, many pillars, electrical poles, signal posts, and both tracks were damaged.
The derailment has created a problem in the movement of trains on the Howrah-Deen Dayal Upadhyay route. Some trains have been diverted via Sasaram-Ara-Mughalsarai, Gaya-Patna, and Dehri-on-Sone-Chopan-Allahabad routes, while others via the Mughalsarai-Patna-Jhajha section. The diversion has been a curse for passengers as they have to spend six to 10 hours more to reach their respective destinations.