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Three train derailments in 1 day, fourth accident narrowly-averted

Ironically, the mishaps occurred on a day the new railway minister Piyush Goyal chaired a high-level meeting with Railway Board officials to discuss ways to ensure the safe operation of trains. Photograph: (ANI)

New Delhi, Delhi, India
Sep 8, 2017, 07.57 AM (IST)

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One person was injured

There were a total of three train derailments on on Thursday.  

The third train to derail was a goods train.

ANI reported that two coaches of a goods train derailed in Khandala.

The first train that derailed on Thursday was the Jabalpur-bound Shaktipunj Express -- it was travelling from Howrah -- which derailed near Sonbhadra in Uttar Pradesh.

The derailment happened at around 6:25 am, with seven coaches jump off the tracks.

No injuries were reported.

Rail traffic however was disrupted.

The second derailment of the New Delhi-Ranchi Rajdhani took place at about 11:45 am near Delhi's Shivaji Bridge. 

ANI reported that the engine and power car of the train jumped off the tracks.

One person was reported injured.

PTI reported officials saying that an accident was averted after locals spotted a fracture in a track between Farrukhabad and Fatehgarh in UP, minutes before the Kalindi Express was scheduled to pass.

It added that the mishaps occurred, ironcially, on a day the new railway minister Piyush Goyal chaired a high-level meeting with Railway Board officials to discuss ways to ensure the safe operation of trains.

There have been a spate of train accidents recently. 

The accidents had led to former union railway minister Suresh Prabhu being shunted out of his job. He is now minister of commerce and industry.