Close to 1,000 passengers were in a train that rolled on for nearly 15 kilometres without its enginein Odisha on Saturday night. A video clip shows 22 engine-less coaches of the Ahmedabad-Puri Express speeding past a railway platform as helpless onlookers screamed and yelled at passengers to pull the train’s emergency brake.
After the freak accident, seven railways officials were suspended for lapses.
Twenty two engine-less coaches rolled on for nearly 15 kilometres before railway employees managed to salvage the situation by placing stones on the track and brought the train to a shuddering halt.
None of the 1,000 passengers were injured, the spokesperson said.
The coaches travelled from Titlagarh station, around 380 kilometres from Odisha’s capital Bhubaneswar, towards Kesinga in Kalahandi district.
Authorities believe that brakes applied when coaches are detached or attached to the engine were either incorrectly used or overlooked altogether. The suspended staff included two engine drivers, three carriage repairing staff and two operating department employees.
The railway department has formed a team of senior officers to investigate the incident. “We have also ordered a one-month long drive over the entire network for sensitising the staff regarding the precautions to be taken to prevent such incidents.