An express train of the Indian Railways slid back more than 20 kilometers on the 17th due to brake failure. The good thing is that there were no casualties or damage.
According to a report in the Hindustan Times of the 17th, the train was originally running from Delhi to Dehradun in Uttarakhand. Railways PRO Singh said, “The train was stopped on Wednesday afternoon after it hit a cow near the Dhanaqpur station. But due to the gradient on the ground, it started sliding backwards.The train driver tried to get the brakes to stop but did not succeed”. It is reported that the train’s brake failure was due to a faulty hydraulic braking system. Passengers were thrown into panic because the train suddenly started going backwards.
The Hindustan Times reported that all railroad crossings were then closed immediately and the train was finally stopped near Ketima by railroad officials after driving through two railway stations, Bambasa and Chakarpur. Singh said it took them piling up of barriers on the tracks to bring the train to a halt and that all passengers were safe and took buses to their destinations. He added, “A committee of three senior officers has been formed by the authorities concerned to find out the cause of the accident and action will be taken against those responsible”.