Three train mishaps in 24 hours, over 20 injured
At least 20 people were injured on Wednesday when a train from Qazigund to Srinagar derailed in Kulgam district.
New Delhi: The country has seen three train accidents in less than 24 hours in which atleast seven people have been killed and over 22 others injured. While the first tragedy took place on Tuesday in which seven people were killed in a fire on the Howrah-Dehradun Express in Jharkhand, a train derailed in Anantnag, Kashmir on Wednesday while another collided with a goods train in Odisha.
At least 20 people were injured on Wednesday when a train from Qazigund to Srinagar was derailed in Kulgam district, the first such incident since train services were launched in the Kashmir Valley in 2008.
The engine and two bogies of the train were derailed at Sedura village, 55 kms from Srinagar, as the driver overshot the intended station stop by nearly 200 metres, officials said.
Official sources said preliminary investigations have found that there was some problem with the brakes of the train.
Wednesday's mishap is the third involving railways since Tuesday. Seven persons were killed when two coaches of the Doon Express caught fire in Jharkhand on Tuesday.
Seven passengers, including an Australian woman, were charred to death when a fire broke out in two AC coaches of the Howrah-Dehradun Express in Giridih district early on Tuesday, with Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi stating that involvement of 'miscreants' cannot be ruled out.
In a separate incident, four passengers were injured on Wednesday when the Odisha-bound Samaeshwari Express collided with a goods train at Jharsuguda Station in Odisha.