Truck rams into railway track; train services on Sambalpur-Hirakud route affected

Sambalpur: A container truck on Sunday rammed into the railway track along the Sambalpur-Burla national highway affecting the train services between Sambalpur and Hirakud railway stations.

As per reports, the driver of the truck lost control and rammed into the railway track near Laxmidunguri area. A major accident was averted as no train was running on the route when the mishap occurred.

Police and railway officials reached the spot and launched a massive operation to clear the railway track resuming the train services at the earliest.

The driver of the truck, Bahadur Yadav, said that the vehicle was en route to Kolkata from Nagpur when another truck overtook the container truck and he lost control. “To save the vehicle and my life, I had to turn the truck towards the right side but unfortunately lost control and rammed into the railway track,” said Yadav.

Sambalpur railway divisional officer said, on a priority basis, the railway traffic restoration work is on as several trains have been halted at the nearby railway stations. He also added that the authority concerned would undertake an inquiry into the incident.

Later, train services were resumed on the route after hours of restoration work.