India: Rail accident averted in Uttar Pradesh

Lucknow: Timely discovery of a fracture in the railway tracks in Uttar Pradesh’s Pratapgarh helped to avert an accident on Friday, an official said.

The discovery was made minutes before the Lucknow-Varanasi Intercity was to pass, he said. A major part of the rail track had cracked at a point between Dadupur and Gaura railway stations near the Khushhalgarh village.

A gateman at one of the railway crossings on the route had alerted the train driver by waving his red cloth turban.

The train was stopped and later a team of the Government Railway Police (GRP) and state police personnel rushed to the spot.

A railway official said the trains were being moved on the tracks with “caution” even as repairs were underway.

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