12 injured, Pilot extricated from train after eight hours
Hyderabad: After eight hours of being stuck in the front bogie of the Lingampalli-Falaknuma MMTS train that he was piloting, 35-year-old Chandrasekhar was extricated from the mangled bogies around 6.30 pm.
Chandrashekhar, the loco pilot of the MMTS train that collided with the Hundry Intercity Express on Saturday morning was stuck in the bogie after the collision. Rescue operations spanning eight hours by the NDRF and DRF finally saw him being extricated around 6.30 pm and being rushed to hospital. According to sources, Chandrashekhar is stable and has not suffered any major injuries.
At least 12 people were injured, when an MMTS train hit an Intercity Express train in Kachiguda station on Monday morning here. According to an official of the South Central Railway, the accident took place when Lingampalli-Falaknuma Multi Modal Transport System (MMTS) (Tr.No. 47178) local train hit the Kurnool-Handri Intercity Express(Tr.No. 17028), which was halted on the same track at Kachiguda station waiting for the signal. With the impact of the collision, three bogies of the MMTS train derailed and about 15 passengers were injured in the accident
The MMTS engine cabin was crushed in the impact, while the Intercity train driver, who was seriously injured was taken to the hospital for treatment. The Railway Protection Force (RPF) officials and Government Railway Police with the help of gas cutters are trying to rescue Sekhar, the driver of the MMTS, who got trapped in the engine of the MMTS train. He was given water and oxygen supply to keep him resuscitated.
However, the SC Railway official said the severity of the accident is little less as both the trains are moving slowly and they were within the station limits. The injured were shifted to Kachiguda Hospital immediately. Minister Talasani Srinivas Yadav rushed to the accident site and enquired about the accident and rescue operations.
All trains plying on this route have been suspended till evening hours. Railway officials are conducting an inquiry as to whether it was a human error or signal failure that caused the accident.