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|May 6, 2012|
Medical teams attend to train derailment victims at New Delhi station
New Delhi/Rohtak: Medical teams at the New Delhi Railway Station are providing treatment to passengers who were injured when eight bogies of a passenger train derailed in Haryana's Rohtak District on Sunday. The Firozpur-Mumbai Punjab Mail derailed near Rohtak district early on Sunday, injuring at least 25 passengers. The passengers of the affected coaches were adjusted in the unaffected portion of the train and the train arrived in
New Delhi . Medical teams, with all the arrangements, were waiting for the train
to arrive and attended to the injured passengers immediately. Sharing his terrible
experience, an injured passenger said the train started shaking suddenly and within
seconds the coaches turned turtle. "Unexpectedly around 8-10 kilometres away from
Rohtak, between Rohtak and Sampla, the train started shaking, so the commuters
held on to the train tightly and suddenly the bogies derailed. Many passengers
have been injured; many have been admitted to the civil hospital in Rohtak and
officials arrived at the spot. Though many are injured but there are no casualties,"
said B. S. Chauhan, an injured passenger. Talking about his ordeal, another injured
passenger said as the train derailed, the co-passengers displaced from their seats
and tried to break the window panes to come out of the train, but failed to do
so and were later rescued by the relief workers. "We were sleeping and suddenly
around 4 in the morning, we head some sounds. The train started trembling and
passengers started falling from their seats. The passengers tried to find out
the emergency window and tried to break the glasses but were unable to do so.
Later a man broke the window from outside and then the passengers were rescued,"
said Shrawan Kumar, another injured passenger. Meanwhile, Indian Railways Public
Relations Officer (PRO), Anil Saxena, said that they are trying to minimize the
discomfort of the passengers by providing them medical treatment, breakfast and
drinking water. "The northern railway officials and Delhi division officials have
set up a medical help desk at the Delhi station. All the medical assistance is
being made available. We are providing breakfast and water facility to the passengers.
We are trying to minimize the discomfort of the passengers. The train is stationed
at the Delhi station right now. New coaches are being fixed to the train, to compensate
the eight coaches that were damaged. So, the passengers that are boarding the
train from Delhi stations and the passengers that were adjusted in the other coaches
would be shifted back to the new coaches," said Saxena. According to media reports,
the railway authorities informed that at least 50 metres of the railway tracks
were found wrecked at the site. Saxena added that the rescue operations were carried
out effectively and the railway technical staff and engineers were trying their
best to restore traffic and resume services on the Delhi-Rohtak line. "As soon
as we received the information, the senior officials of the Northern Railways
and Delhi division left for the site and geared up the relief and rescue missionary.
Other than this, the railways doctor from Rohtak also arrived at the site and
he started with the relief rescue operations, along with the district administration.
The work was completed efficiently. No casualties were reported in this incident.
Around 25 passengers are reportedly injured," added Saxena. India 's railway network
is one of the worlds largest. But decades of low investment, a patchy safety record
as a result of ageing infrastructure and frequent delays mean India has fallen
far behind China in building a network fit for Asia 's third-largest economy.
Simultaneously, the injured passengers admitted to the hospital in Rohtak were
taken care of. State-run monopoly Indian Railways carries around 30 million people
every day and more than 2 million metric tons of freight daily. Though, some 336
people were killed and 437 injured in rail accidents in India between April 2010
and mid-January 2011, according to the government figures.
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