Three coaches of Howrah-Delhi Kalka Mail derailed at a railway station in Haryana early this morning but no one was hurt.
The derailment took place near Rathdhana station close to Sonepat,about 60 kms from Delhi,at 0543 hours,a Northern Railway official said.
The train was moving at a slow speed after crossing Sonipat in the busy Ambala-Delhi section when the three bogies jumped off the track,he said.
Divisional Railway Manager Ashwini Kumar said there was no casualty in the mishap and all the passengers of the derailed bogies were safe.
Three out of the 24 coaches,including the luggage compartment,derailed. The train barring the three coaches has left with the passengers of the derailed coaches, the official in Delhi said.
Railways have ordered an enquiry into the incident,he said. Rail traffic,which was disrupted for about four hours,was being restored,officials said.
Two trains,Una-Chandigarh- New Delhi Jan Shatabdi Express and Kurukshetra-Delhi Passenger,have been cancelled due to the derailment.
Railway sources said the derailment could have been caused by a crack in the track and that detailed investigation was on to ascertain the exact reason for the incident.
Meanwhile,a large number of people were stranded on Jalandhar and Amritsar railway stations due to traffic disruption on the Amritsar-Delhi main route. Trains were running several hours behind schedule.
The Delhi-Pathankot train was running four hours behind schedule while Dadar Express and Shatabadi Express were running six and five hours behind schedule respectively. Shan-e Punjab too could not reach Jalandhar till evening while its arrival time was 12:50 pm.
I was going to Jammu in connection with some business related work but since morning I have been stranded here as there were no trains, said Jaswinder Singh from Jalandhar.
I was going to my parents in Delhi with small children but since morning I am stranded at the railway station only as there was no clear cut information whether the train would come or not, said Reema Jain from Hoshiarpur.
My mother is ill and we were going to see her in Lucknow but got stranded at Jalandhar railway station due to a lack of trains, said Amit Srivastav of Lucknow.
The situation at Amritsar railway station was similar as there was no place to accommodate more people on both railway stations.
Some even got their tickets cancelled.
Jalandhar Raiway Station Master RK Behal could not be contacted for his comments.
With PTI inputs
📣 The Indian Express is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel (@indianexpress) and stay updated with the latest headlines