In a recent incident at Onda railway station in Bankura, West Bengal, there was a collision between two goods trains. This unfortunate event resulted in the cancellation of several trains, causing inconvenience to passengers. Let’s delve into the details of this incident and its impact on the railway services.
At the early hours of Sunday, two goods trains collided at Ondagram railway station in Bankura district, West Bengal. The collision occurred on the Kharagpur-Bankura-Adra line of the South Eastern Railway (SER), leading to the disruption of train services for approximately four hours. Fortunately, no injuries were reported among the railway personnel or passengers involved in this incident.
According to railway officials, the collision happened due to the mistake of the driver operating the moving goods train. It appears that the driver fell asleep and failed to notice the red signal instructing them to stop. As a result, the moving goods train collided with the stationary freight train, causing the engine of the former to overturn. The impact also derailed a total of 13 wagons from both freight trains.
Disruption and Cancellations
The collision and subsequent derailment had a significant impact on train services. The disruption lasted for nearly four hours, leading to the cancellation of approximately 20 passenger and Express trains. Among the trains affected were the Santragachi-Purulia Express and Kharagpur-Hatia Express. To manage the situation, the SER diverted the Puri Express to the Adra-Tata-Hatia line and the Porbandar-Santragachi Express to the Purulia-Tata-Khargpur line. Additionally, the Shalimar Udaipur Express, Santragachi-Porbandar Express, and Howrah Pune Azad Hind Express had to be rescheduled.
Restoration of Services
Efforts were promptly made to restore the disrupted train services. The derailed wagons were carefully removed from the tracks, and the necessary repairs were carried out. At 8:35 am, the 18011 Howrah-Chakradharpur Express became the first passenger train to pass through the restored lines. By 3:15 pm, all the lines were fully operational again, allowing train services to resume as usual.
The collision between two goods trains at Onda railway station in Bankura caused a temporary disruption in train services, leading to the cancellation of multiple passenger and Express trains. However, thanks to the efficient response of railway authorities and the dedicated efforts of the personnel involved, the situation was swiftly resolved, and normal operations were restored. Ensuring the safety and well-being of passengers remains a top priority for the South Eastern Railway.
FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
Were there any injuries reported in the collision between the goods trains?
No, fortunately, no injuries were reported among the railway personnel or passengers involved in the collision.
How long did the disruption in train services last?
The disruption lasted for nearly four hours before the train services could be fully restored.
Which trains were cancelled as a result of the collision?
Among the cancelled trains were the Santragachi-Purulia Express and Kharagpur-Hatia Express.
How were the derailed wagons and damaged tracks repaired?
The derailed wagons were carefully removed, and the necessary repairs were carried out by the railway authorities.
When did the train services resume after the collision?
The first passenger train to pass through the restored lines was the 18011 Howrah-Chakradharpur Express at 8:35 am. All lines were fully operational again by 3:15 pm.