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Railways Ministry confirms new DMU train accident

Railways Ministry confirms new DMU train accident

The Ministry of Railways Development has confirmed that one of the new DMU trains has been involved in a minor accident.

According to a statement from the Ministry, “at approximately 12:10 pm on Thursday, 18th April 2024, while conducting the test, an incident took place around Km 76+100. The DMU, upon approaching the curve at Km76+ 100, encountered a stationary vehicle stationed right across the rail track”.

The statement said despite the immediate application of the emergency braking system, the train was unable to come to a complete stop before colliding with the vehicle.

“It is important to note that the vehicle was unmanned, and the location where it was found is not designated as an authorized level crossing. Thankfully, there were no injuries sustained by passengers on the train or bystanders. However, there was minor damage to the driver’s cab section of the train”

The incident has been promptly reported to the Police, and investigations are currently underway to ascertain the circumstances surrounding the incident, the statement added.

The DMU involved has been moved to the Workshop for further assessment and necessary repairs.

“We assure the public that safety remains our utmost priority, and we are committed to ensuring the continued safe operation of our railway systems. We urge all stakeholders to remain vigilant and adhere to safety protocols when operating or crossing railway tracks.
*We will provide further updates as the investigation progresses,” the statement concluded.

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