Yet another derailment of an Indian Railways train has been reported and this time it is the Duronto Express. The 12223/Mumbai LTT – Ernakulam AC Duronto Express has derailed between Sawantwadi Road and Zarap stations of Ratnagiri region. The front trolley of the Duronto Express has derailed. However, no casualties have been reported so far. Train services running on Konkan railway route may be affected and cause delays in arrivals and departures.
Rajrani Express was involved in another derailment way back in April, 2017. Eight rear coaches of the 22,454 Meerut City-Lucknow Rajrani Express derailed near Rampur on Moradabad- Shahjehanpur section of Moradabad division. The mishap had taken place at 8.15 AM.
In another such incident, last evening, one person was killed and three injured in a collision between Rajrani Express and an oil tanker near Pitambarpur Station in Bareilly. The train en route Lucknow from Meerut collided with an oil tanker. “Vehicles were arranged to ferry passengers who were to get down in Bareilly. The crossing was a manned level crossing, and why its gate was not closed before the arrival of train will be probed by the Railways,” the district magistrate said. Singh added that railway officials informed the railway line was in proper condition, but the engine of the Rajrani Express had been damaged.
Train collisions and derailments have been on the rise for the past few months with 8 major accidents happening in a span of 7 months. Track failures, coupled with poor infrastructure and low investment has plagued Railways for long.