Passenger train collides with a trolley full of stones in Tripura, narrow escape


New Delhi: The engine of the Agartala-Sabroom local passenger train in Tripura on Saturday derailed after hitting a stone-laden trolley, which was mistakenly left by the laborers on the single line track. No one was hurt in the accident. The driver of the Sabroom (South Tripura)-bound passenger train noticed a stone-laden trolley on the track and stopped the train at Gautamnagar near Bishalghar railway station under Sepahijala district, officials said. However, the trolley collided with the train and the front wheel of the train’s engine derailed.

Around 1,000 passengers were on board the plane at the time of the incident. According to Sajal Paul, a passenger, the train had left Agartala railway station to go to Sabroom, a sub-divisional town on the Bangladesh border in South Tripura district. The train stopped suddenly after hitting the trolley and the jolt caused panic among the passengers.

As soon as the train stopped after the collision, the passengers got off the train in a hurry, he said. Railway officials, Government Railway Police (GRP) and Railway Protection Force (RPF) personnel rushed to the spot, 27 km south of Agartala. Agitated commuters said the incident highlights the “negligence” of the Bishalghar railway station staff, both supervisors and the station master. Passengers raised questions regarding the reasons and safety protocols for leaving stone laden trolleys on the tracks during train operations.

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