A rail accident was averted near the Ambala Cantt railway station today as the loco pilot of a Amritsar – Guwahati parcel train applied emergency brakes after noticing repair works on the tracks, officials said.
The repair work was on between Kesri and Barara stations, 20 kms from Ambala Cantt railway station, but the team involved had allegedly not informed the authorities concerned, the officials said.
The train was detained for one hour before being diverted to another track, they said.
Two railway employees supervising the repair works have been suspended for negligence in duty and an inquiry has been ordered in the matter, the officials said.
A railway official said permission must be sought before conducting any repair work on the tracks, but in this case the team allegedly did not inform authorities.
When the loco pilot of the train noticed that the undergoing repair work on the rail tracks, he applied emergency brakes, the official said.
Divisional Railway Manager, Northern Railways’ Ambala Division, GM Singh said it was a major negligence.
A departmental inquiry has been initiated and a report has been sought within five days, he said.