Train services were disrupted for over six hours on the Tatanagar-Chakradharpur-Adra section of South Eastern Railway due to the derailment of a goods train near Purulia in Bengal on Tuesday morning.
According to sources, the engine of a goods train carrying iron ore derailed at 10.40am near the Purulia railway station. Rail traffic was hit on both down and up lines.
Movement of several trains including Asansol-Tata Passenger, Purulia-Jhargram Birsa Munda Express and Dibrugarh-Chennai Express, which passes through Tatanagar, were affected.
The Asansol-Tata Passenger, which was scheduled to arrive at Tatanagar railway station at 1.30pm, was running over four hours late, while the Birsa Munda Express was expected to reach Tatanagar around 6.30pm, around two hours late.
The Dibrugarh-Chennal Express was also running two hours late. It arrives at the Tatanagar railway station at 3.05 pm.
A spokesperson at Garden Reach, Calcutta, the headquarters of South Eastern Railway, said that officials and engineers had been sent to the spot soon after the derailment. “Normal train services was expected to be restored in the evening,” said the spokesperson.
Tatanagar station manager Awtar Singh said that movement of the Delhi-bound Purushottam Express was also affected. The train got delayed by about an hour, he said.
Railway sources said that a fracture on the railway track led to the derailment.
Adra division of South Eastern Railway has ordered an investigation to find out the cause of derailment.