Rail passengers stranded for hours

Rail passengers stranded for hours

More than 1,400 passengers of Bangalore-Karwar train were stranded for hours in Sakleshpur railway station, following derailment of a goods train near Yedakumeri, on Wednesday morning.

The goods rail veered off the track nearly a kilometre away from Yedakumeri station at around 3.30 am. 

However, no damage was reported as the two engines of the rail came to a halt after hitting the edge of a hillock. 

The Karwar-bound train, which reached Sakleshpur station by 3.30 am, was detained there itself. 

The passengers, who were in deep sleep, realised their plight only in the morning. Though some attempted to catch buses to Mangalore, they had to wait for hours together at the bus stand due to non-availability of buses.

The police, railway police and staff arranged food for the stranded passengers till alternative arrangements were made for their travel. 

Buses from other depot

By noon, 15 buses from the KSRTC Hassan depot and seven from the local depot were arranged to bail out the passengers heading to various destinations across the State, including Udupi, Karwar and Murudeshwar. 

Similarly, the passengers of Bangalore-Mangalore train were stranded at Hassan railway station. 

They waited for hours at Hassan till special buses to Mangalore and other destinations were arranged.

According to sources in the Railways the track would be cleared by Wednesday night.

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