Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Rourkela, Jan 24:

Days after Hirakhand Express derailed near Kuneru Railway Station on Odisha-Andhra border claiming more than 40 lives, the engine of Anand Vihar-Bhubaneswar Weekly Super Fast Express got detached from its bogies near Rourkela today.

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According to reports, the engine of the train accidentally got separated from the bogies and went ahead for about 2 kms near Birajapalli, 10-15 minutes after the super fast express left Rourkela Railway Station.

Panic gripped the passengers following the incident as many of them alighted from the engine-less bogies.

The engine was later drove back and linked with the bogies after the train driver realised about the detachment, reports added.

On being informed, senior Railway officials rushed to the spot.

The train was then taken back to Rourkela Railway Station from where it left for Bhubanesw arafter being attached with another engine, sources said.

However, the ECoR said that the engine got separated due to faulty connection of the engine with the bogies.

The electric locomotive of the Anand Vihar-Bhubaneswar Super Fast Express is replaced with diesel locomotive at Rourkela Railway station. But the diesel locomotive was not properly connected to the bogies as a result of which it got detached, an official release said.

Meanwhile, ECoR has informed the South Eastern Railway (SER) that it would take action against the erring staff for dereliction of duty.