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Blog Entry# 3482383
Posted: Jun 02 (21:15)

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Jun 02 (21:15)   Major train accident averted as power cable snaps, falls on train in storm

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Entry# 3482383   News Entry# 339359         Tags   Past Edits
Bijnor: Following a massive storm, a major train accident was averted here in Bijnor after a high-tension wire fell on the Chandigarh-Lucknow Intercity Express at Mauzampur on Friday night at around 11:45. The accident led to panic in the train with passengers trying to leave en masse. Two passengers got injured when they jumped from the train.
According to eyewitnesses, on Friday night when the train arrived near Mauzampur railway station, sparks erupted in the electricity line, on the stretch between Lakshar abd Najibabad. Suddenly, the line snapped as the train was crossing the station, and the cable fell on the last coach of the train, which had some passengers. The cable was still emitting sparks, which led to fear about a
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The passengers panicked and some of them jumped out of the train. Two passengers, Mohd Akram of Moradabad and Mahaveer Singh of Rampur fell and were injured when they jumped out. They were taken to a private hospital for treatment and their condition is stated to be stable.
Mahaveer Singh said, “When the train arrived at Mauzampur station, we saw sparks falling from the power line. The cable then snapped and fell on the train. We thought the coach would catch fire and jumped, because the train was running at a low speed.”
Station master of Mauzampur station, Jaipal Singh said, “The train was on its way to Lucknow. No casualty has been reported. The power line was hanging loose after the cable snapped, so supply on the line was affected for hours.”
According to railway officials, over a dozen trains were affected by the accident. Later, diesel engines were roped in to clear the route. Some trains pass over the affected track with diesel engines. The power lines were repaired by 3pm on Saturday.
Nahar Singh, a technical officer of the railways in charge of power lines in the area said, “It appears the cable snapped because of a lightning strike. The line has been cleared and is functioning now.”

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