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Odisha: Train travels 15 km without engine, major mishap averted, two officers suspended
Passengers onboard the Ahmedabad-Puri express train had a miraculous escape on Saturday when the train travelled for more than ten kilometres without an engine, reported PTI.

As per reports, the skid brakes had not been applied in the train and because of the train being on a little downward slope, the train along with the coaches started rolling down the tracks near Titlagarh (Odisha). 

Titlagarh is the place where the engine reversal of the trains takes place. A video of the incident that was initially released by news agency ANI has now gone viral on the internet. In fact, a number of passengers were inside the train when it started moving towards Kesinga junction.

In the video, people standing on the platform can be seen signalling to passengers in the train to pull the chain to stop it. The train travelled for about 15 kilometres before it coming to a halt. 

 

Stopping the train on a down gradient could have resulted in a major mishap, so the train was allowed to travel to Keshinga without any intervention. The speed of the train decreased automatically as it began travelling on up gradient and then was eventually brought to a halt. 

 

As per reports, the Sambalpur Divisional Railway Manager has initiated an enquiry by a senior officer-level. Two officers have been suspended from their duties as well in connection with the incident as it allegedly was because of their negligence that the skid brakes had not been put in place. Reports have also suggested that all the passengers are safe.

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