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Major Accident Averted as Lucknow-Delhi Shatabdi Runs Over Maintenance Equipment Left on Track

The incident happened in the afternoon when the train was stopped just before the Piparsand station where around 50 workers were on the track.

Qazi Faraz Ahmad | News18@qazifarazahmad

Updated:July 16, 2018, 11:02 PM IST
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Major Accident Averted as Lucknow-Delhi Shatabdi Runs Over Maintenance Equipment Left on Track
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Lucknow: Passengers of the Lucknow-Delhi Swarn Shatabdi narrowly escaped an accident on Monday when the train ran over maintenance equipment that was left on the railway track.

The incident happened in the afternoon when the train was stopped just before the Piparsand station where around 50 workers were on the track.

Passengers said that driver immediately applied the brakes and averted a major mishap. The train's abrupt halt, however, reportedly injured two workers.

Mohd Zahid, a passenger who was traveling from Lucknow to Delhi, said, “The train was changing track and suddenly it was stopped with a huge noise. There were equipment left on the track by the people working on it. The driver of the train responded well in time else there could have been a major mishap.”

The incident took place 25 kilometers from Lucknow. After reviewing the situation, the train left for its destination, New Delhi.

Speaking to News18, DRM Northern Railways, Satish Kumar, said, "There was some maintenance work going on the track on which Lko-Del Shatabdi was coming and as per caution, the speed limit should have been 30 km per hour. But this was not conveyed to the driver, who ran the train at a speed of around 80 km per hour. On seeing the train approaching at a high speed, the workers involved in the maintenance work left their equipment and ran to save their lives. Investigation has been ordered into the incident."
| Edited by: Padmaja Venkataraman
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