Close Shave For Puri-Ahmedabad Express Passengers In Odisha, Moves Without Engine

**Bhubaneswar: ** It was a close shave for the passengers of the Ahmedabad-Puri (18406) Express in the wee hours of Saturday-Sunday when the coaches of the train travelled for about 15kms without the engine, which was detached for a reversal at the Titlagarh station in Odisha, due to the non-application of the skid brakes.

The East Coast Railway spokesperson informed that all the passengers are safe and no one was hurt when the coaches moved towards Kesinga railway station after the engine got detached at the other end of the train.

According to the railway sources, the coaches started moving around 10 pm and had covered a distance of 15 kms without the engine before they were brought to a halt.
The coaches were stopped by alert staff by putting stones and bringing the train to a halt, the railway spokesperson said, adding the section from Titlagarh towards Kesinga has a downward slope.

Since the Titlagarh railway station comes under Sambalpur Railway Division, Sambalpur Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) Jayadeep Gupta has ordered a senior official-level inquiry into the movement of the train for Sambalpur.

East Coast Railways General Manager Umesh Singh has called for an immediate corrective actions and stringent exemplary action in this case. Seven officials including two engine drivers and three carriage repairing staff have been suspended for negligence and probe has begun.

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