No end to Prabhu's woes, another train derails in Gujarat
With the railway officials scurrying for cover over twin derailment incidents in the past five days, a narrow gauge train derailed in Gujarat's Dang area on Wednesday.
No one was reported to be injured in the incident which took place on Bilimora-Waghai narrow gauge line.
In a separate incident, a local train from Salem to Virudhachalam in Tamil Nadu hit the trailer of a tractor on Wednesday, said reports.
The incident comes at a time when Union Minister of Railways Suresh Prabhu offered to resign following a number of train derailment incidents in recent times.
At 2.30 am on Wednesday, Kaifiyat Express derailed in Auraiya in Uttar Pradesh leaving over 70 people injured. The Kaifiyat Express derailed after it hit a dumper truck stuck on the tracks
Earlier in the day, Chairman of the Railway Board AK Mittal tendered his resignation to Suresh Prabhu and reports say that the resignation has been accepted.
Mittal was facing flak after the Utkal Express derailment in Muzaffarnagar. On Saturday, 23 passengers died and over 60 sustained injuries when 14 coaches of the Utkal Express, which runs on the Puri-Haridwar-Kalinga route, derailed at Khatauli in Muzaffarnagar.
Member Engineering Railway Board Ashok Mittal was on Sunday sent on leave after the prima facie evidence showed negligence on the part of maintenance staff as the reason why the Utkal Express derailed.