Providential escape for passengers after train derails in central Kashmir

Srinagar: Passengers of a train had a providential escape after one coach and engine went off the track in Budgam district of Jammu and Kashmir on Friday morning. There were no casualties, officials said.
This is the first incident of train derailment in Kashmir after the service was introduced in 2008. At present the trains chug regularly on Baramulla- Banihal sector in J&K and thousands of passengers including students and office goers travel in the trains every day.
The train on the way to Baramulla from Banihal district derailed between Mazhama and Budgam at around 9.45 am.
“ An engine and a coach got derailed and luckily there were no injuries reported in the incident,” a railway official said.
Soon after the derailment, the train service between Budgam and Baramulla was suspended.
Deputy Commissioner (DC) Budgam, Syeed Fakhrudin Hamid said the railway officials were looking at what led to the incident.
“ There was no injury in the incident and the passengers were ferried to their respective destinations by the police and civil administration,” DC said
Chief Area Manager, Northern Railways, Kashmir, Saqib Yousuf told UNI that efforts are on to restore the services.

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