In Odisha, the Puri-Howrah Vande Bharat Express was hit by thunderstorm and lightning, which damaged overhead wires and shattered window panes of the train. After the accident, the train stopped between Dulkhapatna-Manjuri Road station.
Odisha: Three tree branches fell on the Puri-Howrah Vande Bharat Express during a lightning strike following thunderstorm and rain in Odisha’s Jajpur district on Sunday, shattering the windshield and damaging the front portion of the train. The train remained stationary for more than three hours after the accident. The officers provided this information. The glass panes of the train were broken due to falling tree branches and the branches got stuck in the ‘pantograph’, leading to complete disruption of train operations, they said.
An official of the South Eastern Railway said that there was no casualty in the incident. He told that the incident took place near Jajpur Keonjhar Road station between Baitarni Road and Manjhi Road station at around 5.45 pm. The train was going from Puri to Howrah. The official said that this train was stuck there for about three hours and after that it started from there at 8.05 minutes by installing a diesel engine.
Many trains got cancelled
The diesel engine took the train to Bhadrak as the overhead wire got snapped due to falling tree branches, they said. At the same time, the South Eastern Railway said that many train services have been canceled on Monday as some repair work needs to be done. South Central Railway in a statement said, “22895/22896 Howrah Puri Howrah Vande Bharat Express on Monday will remain canceled to repair the damage caused due to gale on Cuttack-Bhadrak section of East Coast Railway on 21st May.”
Let us inform that the Howrah-Puri-Howrah Vande Bharat Express was flagged off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday and this train had run since Saturday and met with an accident on Sunday.