Ten coaches of the 15666 BG Express derailed at Ajuri station near Morigaon in central Assam early Wednesday and over 50 passengers were injured, police said.The three coaches of the Dimapur-Kamakhya train jumped the tracks but toppled down near Jagiroad in Morigaon district at 0205 am, they said.Seventeen passengers were seriously injured and shifted to Gauhati Medical College Hospital, police said.Rest of the passengers were reported to have received minor injuries and were released after receiving first aid in Morigaon Civil Hospital, Northeast Frontier Railway sources said.Senior railway officials have rushed to the site and rescue operations are on.
Helpline phone numbers have been activated and they are at Dimapur 03862-228404, Lumding 03674-264848/49/50 and Guwahati 0361-2731621/22/23, sources said.
A major tragedy was averted by some alert villagers who stopped the Howrah bound Kamrup Express today after noticing that concrete sleepers were missing from the railway track near Jagiroad station in Morigaon district, railway sources said. The 15,960 down Dibrugarh-Howrah Kamrup Express was halted by villagers at Tegheria near the Jagiroad station, sources said. "The villagers noticed that some sleepers on the tracks were removed. They immediately stopped the train coming at that moment," an official said. The incident took place in the morning and train services were halted for about three hours. After repairing the line, services resumed again.
Senior railway officials have rushed to the spot and ordered a departmental enquiry into the incident.