First, Balamau passenger train derailed around 9:40 pm on Monday near Sitapur Cantt station, and at the exact same spot again, a goods train jumped the tracks around 7.10 am.
Two trains were derailed at the same spot in a span of 10 hours in Sitapur district of Uttar Pradesh, PTI reported today. However, no casualties were reported. First, Balamau passenger train derailed around 9:40 pm on Monday near Sitapur Cantt station, and at the exact same spot again, a goods train jumped the tracks around 7.10 am, PTI reported North Eastern Railway spokesperson Alok Srivastava as saying.
Srivastava added that a section engineer (permanent way), who was in charge of the track, has been suspended.”The track was repaired after the first derailment and services were restored around 1.20 am. Multiple trains ran on the same track without any hitch until the goods train derailed this morning.”
The Railway spokesperson said that the services on that route were delayed for another time when the engineers attended to the tracks this morning. “The problem, however, was taken care of and train services were allowed once again after 10.20 am today,” he said, adding that an inquiry committee has been formed to investigate the twin derailments.
Alok Kumar, divisional railway manager of North Eastern Railway, soon rushed to the spot for inspection. Kumar said some trains were diverted following the second accident and the caution speed on the route was put at 10km/hr. The accidents come amid a spate of train derailments in Uttar Pradesh over the past two months.
In the most recent accident, seven carriages of the Shaktipunj Express derailed in Sonbhadra district on September 7. Weeks before that, nine coaches of the Delhi-bound Kaifiyat Express derailed in Auraiya district, leaving 21 people injured. While on August 19, six bogies of the Puri-Haridwar Utkal Express jumped the tracks in Khatauli, leaving 20 people dead and 80 injured. The accidents even resulted in the resignation of former Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu who quit his post owing the moral responsibility for the accidents.