Howrah-Jabalpur-Shaktipunj Express derailment LIVE Updates: Train goes off track in UP’s Sonbhadra; no injuries reported

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New Delhi | Updated: September 7, 2017 2:55:54 PM

In the second derailment of the day, the engine and the power car of Ranchi-Rajdhani Express went off the track on Delhi's Shivaji Bridge. No injuries have been reported so far. Earlier this morning, at least seven coaches of the Howrah-Jabalpur Shaktipunj Express derailed near Obra in Sonbhadra district of eastern Uttar Pradesh.

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In the second derailment of the day, the engine and the power car of Ranchi-Rajdhani Express went off the track on Delhi’s Shivaji Bridge. No injuries have been reported so far. Earlier this morning, at least seven coaches of the Howrah-Jabalpur Shaktipunj Express derailed near Obra in Sonbhadra district of eastern Uttar Pradesh. However, no casualties were reported so far in the incident. “The accident occurred at around 6:25 am and we have already cleared out the site,” Railway ministry spokesperson Anil Saxena told PTI. “All passengers were put on the remaining coaches and by 7:28 AM all of them had left the spot. All of them are safe and no one was injured in the accident,”  Saxena said. This is the third such derailment in the state in less than a month. The train was travelling at an average speed of 40 km/hr prevented a major accident, officials said, as per Indian Express. Railway Minister Piyush Goyal has been briefed about the incident. All stranded passengers have been shifted to non-derailed coaches of the train.

Here are the LIVE updates: 

2: 55 pm: The matter is still under investigation and authorities have said that they would able to comment only after the enquiry is complete.

2: 51 pm: Congress party took to Twitter and claimed that Indian Railways is no long safe. The party also commented about the recent reshuffle in PM Modi’s cabinet and said “New Ministers, same old derailments.”

2: 46 pm: Railways authorities have so far denied any possibility of broken tracks.

2: 41 pm: According to the recent development, additional coaches will also be attached to the train for the convenience of the passengers.

2: 37 pm: Tea and breakfast were arranged for the passengers at the Singrauli station.

2: 34 pm: According to reports, passengers of the affected coaches were adjusted in the front portion of the train with the help of onboard TTEs and staff.

2: 27 pm: At least seven coaches from the rear end of Train no. 11448 derailed, after it departed from the Obra station at around 6 am.

2: 15 pm: Watch video

2:00 pm According to the draft report, submitted by the committee, ‘Making Divisions as Strategic Business Units’,  divisional railway managers should be fully empowered to grant blocks — stopping or diverting trains till work on the tracks is over — for up to three hours, as per PTI. Keeping in view the series of derailments the committee had recommended this.

1:55 pm The incident took place around 11.45 am.

1:50 pm The incident comes hours after seven coaches of the Howrah-Jabalpur Express derailed near Sonbhadra in Uttar Pradesh this morning.

1:50 pm The incident comes hours after seven coaches of the Howrah-Jabalpur Express derailed near Sonbhadra in Uttar Pradesh this morning.

1: 45 pm  Some passengers told that they did not feel the impact, as per HT.

1:44 pm

1:40 pm  The train was running at 5 kmph before pulling into New Delhi Railway Station, which prevented a major accident, the HT report said.

1:35 pm “Only engine and power car are affected. Speed was very less. No injury to any passenger,” said Neeraj Sharma, Chief PRO, Northern Railway, as per HT.

1:32 pm  Railway officials confirmed no passenger was injured in the accident that happened at Shivaji Bridge near Connaught Place in central Delhi, as per Hindustan Times.

1:30 pm Northern Railway spokesperson Neeraj Sharma told IANS that the engine and a power coach of train derailed while approaching New Delhi Railway Station from Jharkhand capital Ranchi around 11.45 AM, as per India Today.

1:27 pm 

1:20 pm The train arrives in Ranchi on Tuesdays and Saturdays every week.

1:15 pm

1:07 pm Delhi-Ranchi Rajdhani Express departs from the origin station in the national capital two days–Monday and Friday– in a week. 

1:03 pm Second derailment after Piyush Goyal takes the charge as Railway Minister.

12:57 pm This is the fourth derailment of a passenger train.

12:55 PM  “Engine, power coach of Delhi-Ranchi Rajdhani Express derail near Minto Bridge in New Delhi; no fatalities,” Northern Railway spokesperson said today.

12:50 pm

12:45 pm Breaking now Engine and Power car of Ranchi Rajdhani Express derail on Delhi’s Shivaji Bridge, reports ANI.

12: 40 pm Taking stock of the series of derailments this month, the draft report of a committee set up by former Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu recommends that divisional railway managers (DRMs) be more empowered to take decisions, particularly in emergencies, PTI reported on August 30.

12:35 pm The DRM Dhanbad said that the railway tracks would be restored by 12 noon today for train movement, as per TOI.

12:30 pm The senior railway officials including DRM MK Akhauri and officials of local administration and police had reached the Sonbhadra district, where today’s derailment took place.

12:28 pm They also demand the Centre to bear the GST for the tenders issued after July 1, the report said.

12:26 pm The demands included reimbursement of the additional burden due to GST for the works tendered before July 1, the Hans India reported

12:24 pm The members of Indian Railway Infrastructure Providers Association (IRIPA) were on strike since August 20, as per the Hans India

12:22 pm Currently, works worth Rs 4,000 crore are at various stages of progress with an involvement of 400 contractors, as per the Hans India

12:20 pm With the ending of the agitation, infrastructure works in South Central Railway (SCR) were resumed, the report said.

12:17 pm Meanwhile today Hans India reported that the railway contractors called off their ‘tool down’ strike after getting an assurance from the Railway Board Chairman.

12:15 pm

12:12 pm

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12:08 pm With the help of the onboard TTE and staff, the passengers of the affected coaches were shifted, as per TOI.

12:06 pm All passengers of the affected coaches have been adjusted in the front portion of the train

12:04 pm The reason for the derailment of Shaktipunj Express is not yet clear.

12:02 pm Arrangements also have been made for tea and breakfast for the passengers at the Singrauli Station, near which today’s derailment took place, The Times of India, reported.

11:58 am

11:56 am On August 29, seven bogies and the engine of the Nagpur-Mumbai Duranto Express derailed.

11:54 am Negligence at the local level appeared to have caused the derailment of Utkal Express on August 19, one of the deadliest train accidents in the recent times, as per PTI.

11:52 am Ashwani Lohani, who earlier headed Air India, was brought in as the chairman of the Railway Board.

11:50 am The goods train were derailment took place at around 6:00 pm on September 2 in the Allahabad-Manduadih route.

11:48 am Meanwhile, today CBI has summoned Lalu Prasad Yadav on 11th September and Tejashwi Yadav on 12th September in Railway hotel tender case, ANI reported.

11:46 am On September 2, four wagons of a goods train were derailed near Hardattpur railway station in Uttar Pradesh today, according to ANI.

11:44 am 

11:42 am These accidents spurred a mumber of suspension of senior officials of the railway ministry and a change at the top of the Railway Board, as per Indian Express

11:40 am On August 23, about 100 passengers were wounded when 10 coaches of the Kaifiyat Express had derailed after crashing into a dumper which had strayed on to the tracks in the Auraiya district

11:38 am

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11:33 am Suresh Prabhu tweeted a picture with Piyush Goyal

11:31 am On August 19, the Utkal Express had derailed in the Muzaffarnagar district, killing 22 people and injuring 156.

11: 29 am Sonbhadra, the derailment site,  is about 80 km from Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh.

11:27 am East Central Railway PRO RK Singh said the seven rear coaches of the train had derailed, PTI reported.

11:25 am Official sources said the train was running at a speed of about 40 km/hr which prevented any injuries being caused to the passengers, as per PTI

11:23 am

11:20 am Goyal on taking the charge had praised Prabhu. “It is a very emotional day for me. He (Prabhu) has been mentoring me, directing me and taking care of me for the past 20 years. From time to time we have had the chance to work together,” he had said, as per First Post.

11:17 am 

11:15 am Broken railway track in the derailment site

11:13 am  Piyush Goel was made the Railway minister in the recent cabinet reshuffle.

11:10 am

 

11:08 am  A few days after the tragedy, on 23 August, nine coaches of the Delhi-bound Kaifiyat Express, Prabhu offered to quit.

11:05 am On 3 September, former Rail way minister Suresh Prabhu had taken the “moral responsibility” for a recent spate of train accidents and apparently offered his resignation.

11:03 am 

11:01 am This is the first train accident under Railway Minister Piyush Goel

10:59 am

10:57 am

10:55 am  On August 19, the Utkal Express had derailed in Muzaffarnagar district, killing 22 people and injuring 156, PTI report said.

10:53 am   Anil Saxena: All of them are safe and no one was injured in the accident.

10:51 am Anil Saxena: All passengers were put on the remaining coaches and by 7:28 AM all of them had left the spot.

10:49 am Railway ministry spokesperson Anil Saxena: We have increased allocations for safety related work & addressing problem of renewal and maintenance of tracks.

 

 

 

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