Rail traffic restored in Khatauli: Railways


Rail traffic in Khatauli, suspended after a derailment, was restored today, with the first train leaving the spot at 1:21AM, the Northern Railways said.

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The Meerut-Muzaffarnagar-Saharanpur rail section was affected after 13 coaches of the Utkal Express derailed on Saturday evening, killing 22 people and injuring 156.

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“The 54542 Ambala Meerut city passenger train passed Khatauli at 1:21AM today,” the Railways said in a press release.

In a move described as “unprecedented”, the Railways yesterday sent on leave three top officials, including a secretary-level Railway Board member, suspended four officers and transfered a track engineer.

Member (engineering) on the Railway Board, Northern Railway general manager and divisional regional manager (Delhi) were asked to go on leave.

The four officials suspended were a senior divisional engineer, an assistant engineer, a senior section engineer responsible for track maintenance and a junior engineer.

The Commissioner Safety is expected to reach Khatauli this afternoon and begin a probe into the accident.


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