September 15, 2021: The officials claimed that at least six carriages of an East Coast Railways goods train has derailed in Odisha in the early hours of Tuesday and plunged into a river on the Angul-Talcher Road route.
Goods train derailed in Odisha
Around 2.30am, six coaches of a wheat-carrying train plummeted into the river, but the loco pilot and other crew members were reported unharmed since the engine stayed on the track, they added.
Here’s the tweet by an official news agency:
The tweet said: A freight train from Firoz Nagar to Khurda Road left Angul Station in Odisha derailed between Angul and Talcher Road (2km from Talcher Road). 9 Wagons of the train have been capsized and one wagon derailed at about 2.35 am. No casualty was reported: East Coast Railway. (sic)
Goods train derailed in Odisha, heavy rains caused mishap
The mishap on a bridge over the river Nandira, which occurred when the goods train was travelling from Firozpur to Khurda Road, was likely caused by heavy rain in the wake of a major depression in the Bay of Bengal, officials said.
On Monday, Talcher had 160 mm of rain, followed by Angul (74 mm).
The ECoR has cancelled 12 trains, changed eight others’ schedules, and short-terminated another as a result of the incident, they said.
Diversion of trains
Since there is only single tracks between Angul and Talcher Road, trains running on this route had to be either cancelled or diverted, he said.
The trains which have been cancelled include Bhubaneswar-Balangir, Rourkela-Puri, Hatia-Puri, Durg-Puri, Rourkela-Gunupur from both directions.
Puri-Lok Manya Tilak weekly express has also been cancelled while Rourkela-Bhubaneswar will be short terminated at Sambalpur city.
The Anand Vihar-Bhubaneswar Special which departed Anand Vihar on Monday will run via Chakradharpur-Jaroli and Jakhapura.
The Visakhapatnam-Amritsar Special from Visakhapatnam (now at Khalikot) will run via Vizianagaram-Rayagada-Titilagarh-Sambalpur.
The Durg-Puri Special which left Durg on Monday now at Boinda will run via Sambalpur-Titilagarh-Vizianagaram-Khurda Road.
Hatia-Puri Tapaswini Special that left Hatia on Monday now at Angul will run via Sambalpur-Titilagarh-Vizianagaram-Khurda Road.