3 more train derailments within 9 hours

On Thursday, three train derailments were reported in three States, within nine hours. The three train derailments occured at Delhi, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh. No loss of life was reported. The first incident was reported at 6:25 AM from Uttar Pradesh, when seven coaches of the Jabalpur-bound Shaktipunj Express derailed near Obra Dam station in Sonbhadra district of Uttar Pradesh. The second incident occured around 11:45 AM, when the Ranchi-Delhi Rajdhani went off the tracks near Minto bridge in Delhi, this time one person was injured. The third such incident was reported at 3:55 PM, when a goods train derailed near Khandala district of Maharashtra. The derailments of Thursday were minor because the trains were approaching to the stations and were therefore travelling at a low speed. This is the first such incident after Piyush Goyal was shifted to the Railway Ministry. However, the derailments caused no life, but only one person was injured in the derailment of the Ranchi-Delhi Rajdhani Express. The reason of the derailments is unknown. But, in a meeting held by Piyush Goyal, the main reasons of the derailments were identified. The derailments were caused due to unmanned level-crossings and track defects, said a statement from the Ministry.