Alert driver prevents major train accident in Kanpur

August 10th, 2008 - 4:56 pm ICT by IANS  

Lucknow, Aug 10 (IANS) Thanks to an alert driver, a major accident was averted in Uttar Pradesh’s Kanpur district when the brake coupling of the Gomti Express train broke down, an official said Sunday. The train, which runs between New Delhi and Lucknow, was moving towards the state capital Saturday when the incident took place around 9.30 p.m. on the outskirts of Kanpur, around 90 km from here.

The train driver, who noticed sparks from the wheels of a coach after a sudden jerk, applied the emergency brakes and stopped the train.

“The brake coupling of a general compartment broke down as soon as the train left the Kanpur station. However, the driver stopped the train by applying the emergency brakes,” K.M. Tripathi, deputy chief manager of railways, Kanpur zone, told IANS.

Besides the general coach, some other sleeper coaches developed problems and the train remained stationary for about two hours, he added.

About 10 coaches were affected and after detaching them the remaining 13 coaches were taken to Lucknow around midnight.

“All the passengers were accommodated in those coaches and no one was injured,” Tripathi said.

Foul play was ruled put and an enquiry has been ordered, he added.

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