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RAJKOT/AHMEDABAD: Passengers travelling in Bhuj-Bareilly Express had a narrow escape when the train's engine, three coaches and a luggage wagon derailed at about 11.10 am after overshooting the Bhuj station in Kutch district on Tuesday.Upon approaching the station, the driver had applied brakes, but the train overshot Bhuj station and jumped the tracks after the deadend, said sources, adding that the train was late by half-an-hour even as some passengers had resorted to chain pulling. The driver had even applied emergency brakes, but it failed to work.Preliminary reports said the brakes of the engine had failed near Ratnal village about 25 km from Bhuj. Railway authorities have ordered an inquiry into the incident and suspended driver Hari Prasad and guard Anil Kumar Kataria.Divisional railway manager Rakesh Bhel, who was in a meeting in Mumbai, rushed to the spot along with a team of experts.A senior officer said passengers had realized... Read more...
that something was wrong as the train had overshot the signal at Anjar. But the driver continued to move ahead towards the destination.The officials said that since the incident occurred away from the main track, the movement of other trains was unaffected.