Two trains collide at Hyderabad, 13 injured

Delhi: At least 12 people were injured when a local train rammed into a stationary express train and got derailed near Kacheguda railway station in Hyderabad on Monday, railway officials said.

The local train, a Multi-Modal Transport Service was proceeding from Falaknuma to Secunderabad when it collided with an Intercity Express train on the same track. Wrong signalling said to be the reason for the accident.

“It was given a green signal to arrive on platform No 2 in the Kacheguda railway station, but there was already another train standing. The MMTS train, which was slowing down as it was approaching the railway station, rammed into the Inter-City Express, just a few metres away from the platform,” a South Central railway official, who preferred anonymity, said.

The MMTS train engine got mangled in the accident while its three coaches got derailed and tilted towards the left . The MMTS train driver, identified as Sekhar, is said to have suffered serious injuries and was stuck in the engine. His condition is said to be critical and the officials are said to be struggling to take him out.

The injured were rushed to nearby hospitals for treatment. Several local trains via Kacheguda were cancelled while important express services were running on the other tracks.

South Central Railway confirmed the accident and announced setting up of an enquiry into the accident. Officials said the MMTS was to get signal for platform number 4 but, got clearance for platform number 2. The authorities are probing the goof up.