In a bizarre incident, the engine of the Visakha Express, which was travelling from Bhubaneshwar to Secunderabad, got detached from its bogies as the train was on the move. The incident, which took place near Narsipatnam in Andhra Pradesh's Visakhapatnam district on Monday evening, resulted in a delay as the engine had to return after travelling for a few kilometres ahead and recouple itself to the bogies.
Media reports stated that there were 25 bogies and passengers received a sudden jolt as the engine detached from the train. However, no one was injured, as the bogeys came to a halt.
“There is a safety mechanism in the train that will bring the bogies to an automatic halt due to lowering of pressure in the brakes. So, there is no possibility of any major accident to the train,” a senior railway official was quoted as saying.
Some media reports stated that the passengers pulled the emergency chain after the engine detached from the bogeys.
As the engine travelled back to recouple itself, several curious onlookers from the local area gathered to watch, with many filming the incident on their phone. Some passengers travelling on the train also got down from their bogeys and did the same.
In a bizarre incident, the engine of Visakha Express detached from its bogies in Andhra as the train was on the move. Fortunately, the bogies came to a halt and no one was injured. pic.twitter.com/ZR0SvHPaGE— Nitin Bhaskaran (@NitinBGoode) August 20, 2019
Once railway officials who reached the spot ensured that the engine was recoupled, it took off with the bogies and reached its destination with a slight delay.
Officials are yet to establish the reason for the mishap but said that the engine would be taken to a loco shed, where it would be examined. Authorities said that further investigation is underway and more details would be revealed after a preliminary enquiry is conducted.