Tracks repaired at Orissa accident site, train services normal

February 15th, 2009 - 12:49 pm ICT by IANS  

Bhubaneswar, Feb 15 (IANS) The tracks damaged in the rail accident Friday in Orissa’s Jajpur district have been repaired and train services resumed normal operations Sunday, an official here said.

Both up and down line tracks were damaged after the Howrah-Chennai Coromandel Express got derailed just at the point of crossing of the tracks near Jajpur-Keonjhar Road railway station, over 120 km from here.

While 14 of the total 24 coaches went off the track, at least four of them including the engine were badly damaged. At least nine passengers were killed and 150 were injured.

“The down line track connecting from Chennai to Howrah was repaired at about 9.20 a.m. Sunday and the up line track was repaired nearly an hour later,” chief public relation officer of the east coast railway J.P. Mishra told IANS.

He said the damage would normally have taken at least 60 hours to repair but due to hard work by the rail employees it was completed in 36 hours.

“There will be no cancellation or diversion of any trains from Sunday on the route. The train services resumed normal operation,” he said.

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