A loco pilot’s presence of mind saved Udaipur-Jaipur Vande Bharat Express from a major accident. The train, which was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on September 24, was on its way to Jaipur when the driver noticed stones, some as big as bricks, left on the tracks that could have derailed it. A video recorded at the scene shows railway workers removing the stones from the tracks. It also shows an iron rod inserted between the fish plates or joints.
The loco pilot spotted the debris near Chittorgarh around 9.55 am. He stopped the train using the emergency brakes before it could collide with the rocks and other things on the track.
A loose shackle was also removed by the staff members during a thorough inspection of the tracks between Gangrar and Soniyana stations. It comes on a day when the Prime Minister was in Chittorgarh to address a rally.
The video has shocked social media users, who have demanded strict action against the perpetrators.
The Udaipur-Jaipur Vande Bharat Express was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on September 24. The inauguration took place via videoconferencing.
The train covers a distance of 435 kilometers in 6 hours and 15 minutes. Before the launch, other trains on the route took seven hours.
This is yet another shocking example of the semi-high speed train that can reach a speed of 160 kilometers per hour.
In May, stones were thrown at a Vande Bharat train in Kerala, between Tirunavaya and Tirur. The train went to Thiruvananthapuram from Kasargod.
On April 6, another incident of stone throwing was reported on the Vande Bharat Express from Visakhapatnam.
In January 2023, two windows of the Vande Bharat Express train were damaged after stones were reportedly thrown on the coaches near Phansidewa area of Darjeeling district.