A major train accident was averted when coaches of Ahmedabad-Puri express without any engine rolling down towards a station in Odisha was stopped by putting wooden blocks on the track. The train had rolled down for more than 10 kilometres, following which seven employees were suspended.
“A case of rolling down of coaches of Ahmedabad-Puri express towards Kesinga side had occurred. This happened due to non-application of skid-brake on the wheels of the coaches by staff concerned,” the East Coast Railway said in a statement. All passengers are safe, the statement added.
Watch | Video by ANI: Coaches of Ahmedabad-Puri express rolling down towards Kesinga side near Titlagarh because skid-brakes were not applied.
— ANI (@ANI) April 8, 2018
The incident took place at around 10 PM on Saturday at Titlagarh, 400 km from Bhubaneswar. At Titlagarh usually, the engine reversal of the train takes place. When the engine is detached to be attached at the other end, the coaches should be secured with skids at the wheels. In this case, it appears that the skids have either not been placed or placed improperly.