Freight train derails, falls off bridge in Madhya Pradesh; no victims reported
A freight train derailed from a bridge over the Alan River near Anuppur in Madhya Pradesh, news agencies reported on Friday. Senior railway officials have rushed to the area to save the day, while a detailed investigation to determine the cause of the crash is currently underway.
By hindustantimes.com | Written by Joydeep Bose | Edited by Avik Roy
POSTED JUL 10, 2021 06:27 AM IST
As many as 16 cars of a freight train carrying coal derailed and fell from a bridge over the Alan River near Anuppur in Madhya Pradesh on Friday, news agencies reported, adding that no casualties were reported. ‘had been reported in the incident. The train was traveling from Bilaspur in Chhattisgarh to Katni in Madhya Pradesh after loading coal from Korba Coalfields in Kusmunda.
Photos shared by the ANI news agency on Friday showed parts of the damaged freight train floating on the river. Part of the bridge also collapsed under the pressure.
According to reports, the bridge over the Alan River had developed cracks in its structure, which could have resulted in the train being derailed. However, there was no official answer yet on how such fatal cracks appeared in a route specially designed for freight trains.
Senior railway officials visited the area shortly after the accident was announced to assess the situation. A thorough investigation is underway to determine the exact cause of the accident.
Meanwhile, rail traffic has not been affected, the agency reported, adding that rescue operations were underway.
The railways commissioned the third rail line for freight trains two years ago. The route connects Nigaura in the Anuppur district of Madhya Pradesh and Venkatanagar in Chhattisgarh and is specially designed to run such trains carrying coal and other heavy goods.
Freight trains played a major role during the peak of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) crisis in India, when they moved essential goods and heavy raw materials across the country at a time when passenger trains remained limited to stop the spread of the virus.