Express Train hit JCB at a level crossing near Haridaspur Railway Station, Odisha


Jajpur: May 09: Ernakulam-Howrah Antyodaya Express hit a JCB excavator at a level crossing inbetween Haridaspur and Gadamadhupur Railway Station around 10.30 am today. The excavator was severely damaged and at least four passengers of the Express Train sustained injuries as because of the accident. The JCB was there at the middle of the level crossing as it developed some technical snag.

JCB travelling on Mandia and Jaraka Road got stuck on the level crossing and the driver tried to make it out of level crossing, but failed. By that time, the Train came nearer.
Due to severe acRealising the movement of the train towards the level crossing, the driver of the excavator immediately alighted from it and went away from the spot, reports added.
The pantograph of the train engine has been broken in the collision. The overhead wire and the masts have been damaged as well. A diesel engine has been sent to bring the train, sources said
While only down line has been temporarily held up, up and middle line are free for train movement, sources added.
On the other hand, Gateman Jashobanta Swain has been suspended by Divisional Railway Manager (DRM), Khurda Road for dereliction of duty (as per prima facie enquiry findings). The official has ordered initiation of disciplinary proceedings.


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