October 4, 2015 3:10:10 am
Train traffic on the Ahmedabad-Mumbai section was affected after a portion of a 50-year-old railway overbridge collapsed on the railway tracks at Khokhra area here on Saturday, injuring two persons, Western Railway officials said.
The walkway portion of the bridge near Khokhara collapsed around 10 am and fell on the railway tracks. This resulted in the blockage of the route and disrupted the electric traction power supply. While Mumbai-Ahmedabad Shatabdi Express was short terminated at Nadiad, over 11 trains were short terminated and around 30 to 35 stationed at various places, they said. “When we reached the accident site, we saw two injured persons being rushed in an ambulance. The bridge is an old one,” said Inspector MN Yadav, Railway Protection Force.
“Over 11 trains plying on this route were short terminated. Around 30 to 35 trains passing through Ahmedabad are being diverted from Vadodara and Nadiad. We are currently clearing the debris and the route is expected to start working by 9 pm,” Pradeep Sharma, public relations officer, Ahmedabad Division, Western Railway said. “The incident occurred today where a concrete structure of footpath of Khokhra railway over bridge collapsed and fell on the railway tracks,” Ahmedabad Municipal Commissioner D Thara said.
Following the collapse, a fire brigade team was pressed into action to clear the debris, the officer added.
Two persons sustained injuries in the incident and were taken to civil hospital, she said.
Divisional Railway Manager of Ahmedabad Division Rahul Agarwal said the rail traffic from and en route to the city was affected till evening and restored by 7:15 pm.
According to the PRO, the railways will provide refund to passengers whose trains were delayed for more than three hours as per the existing norms.
The bridge was also closed for vehicular movement. The traffic between Khokhara and Maninagar was diverted through LG Hospital.
With PTI inputs
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