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Maharashtra: Two injured after passenger train coach derails in Gondia

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Mumbai, Aug 17: Two people were injured after a coach of a train going from Chhattisgarh to Rajasthan derailed in Gondia district of Maharashtra. The incident occurred around 1.20 am between Gudhma and Gondia railway stations, the official of South East Central Railway (SECR) said.

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    ''Prima facie, the loco pilot of the express - Bhagat Ki Kothi SF Express (20843) - could not control the train, due to which it hit the brake van of a goods train that was standing ahead of it,'' a senior SECR official said.

    ''Due to the impact, four wheels of a coach of the express train got off the tracks. But no passenger was seriously injured in the incident. Only a few received minor injuries. One passenger suffering from anxiety was admitted to a hospital,'' he said.

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    Manninder Uppal, DRM Nagpur Division, South East Central Railway said,''We've an automatic block signalling system where trains move one after the other. The driver waited for 2 minutes seeing the red signal & then moved cautiously, as per night protocol.''

    ''But goods train was still standing. He applied emergency brakes, only 2 got minor injuries. Track was not damaged,'' he also said.

    A collision between a goods train & passenger train- Bhagat ki Kothi, due to non-receipt of signal, led to this accident.

    After being alerted, a medical relief train and railway officials reached the accident site, he added. Restoration work was carried out immediately, after which the express train continued its further journey, the official said.

    So far, no deaths have been reported.

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