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May 07 2012 (1:20AM)  Slow pace helps avert major mishap (www.dailypioneer.com)

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Posted by: Amita  3363 news posts  
Though the magnitude of the train mishap in Rohtak was thankfully on the lower side, what passengers on board the train experienced was not less than a scary nightmare. Most of the passengers were sleeping when the accident took place.
The speed of the train at the time of incident was slow, as it shook for seconds and overturned. Hues and cries of the passengers could be heard seeking for help. Fearing a major tragedy, most of them tried to come out through the windows but found themselves trapped inside the coaches. While a few of the passengers in the rear general compartment managed to come out, the rest could be extricated only after the relief and rescue work started.
“The train had left the Rohtak junction nearly 15 minutes ago. To
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our utter shock, the train started shaking suddenly and came to an abrupt halt. Passengers held on to their seats tightly as the bogies derailed. Some of the passengers sustained minor injuries,” said Jagat Lal, an injured. A co-passenger added that the lights of the train also went off. “The train had turned turtle. It was completely dark and people did not know where to go, how to move out of the train. We were displaced from our seats. We tried to break the window panes to come out of the train, but failed to do so and were later rescued by the relief workers,” he said narrating the ordeal.
As it was dark inside, people failed to locate the emergency window and remained trapped inside for nearly two hours. Some one on the train made a call for help. Kapil from Bhatina sustained head injury while Ramesh Kumar, also of Bathinda in Punjab and Nanhi Bai of Uttar Pradesh sustained spinal fractures. 27-year-old Baljeet Singh of Moga was also among those injured. His parents were also travelling with him in the train and were in the S-10 bogey. “It was a nightmarish experience. We thank Waheguru (almighty) that we are all safe otherwise things could have been worse,” Baljeet’s father said. 34-year-old Manju was travelling with her husband Rakesh and children to Delhi and was among the injured. “We were in S-10 bogey, the one which suffered maximum damage. There was a sudden jolt. Passengers and luggage fell all over,” said Rakesh.
Later, around 6 am, the unaffected front portion along with the passengers of the train left the spot and arrived at New Delhi station around 8 am from where it continued its onward journey. At New Delhi, additional coaches were arranged and attached in place of the coaches derailed to accommodate all the passengers of the train to proceed on their onward journey. Many of the passengers who sustained minor injuries preferred to continue with the journey instead of undergoing treatment at the hospital. Railway Minister Mukul Roy himself monitored the situation and spoke to chairman railway board, the hospital authorities in PGIMS Rohtak, DRM Delhi at site and the loco-pilot of the affected train.
Soon after getting the information, a team headed by Northern Railway’s additional general manager BP Gupta and DRM Delhi Ashwini Lohani rushed to the site to supervise relief and rescue operations, a Northern Railway statement said.
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