INDIA: The high-speed Vande Bharat Express ran over cattle near Atul in the Valsad district in Gujarat. The train was en route to its destination, Gandhinagar, from Mumbai Central.
Vande Bharat Express endures third incident since it’s launch
There was no significant damage to the train other than a broken cover of the front coach. Following the incident, the train was stationary for almost thirty minutes. The train’s coupler, water pump pipe, and BCU cover were damaged as a result of the collision. This is the third such incident involving Vande Bharat Express since it was launched last month.
The train was delayed by 15-20 minutes, as per railway officials, who added that the incident happened around 8:30 am. Sumit Thakur, Western Railway’s chief public relations officer, said that the train did not suffer any operational damage and that all passengers aboard the train were safe.
On October 6, Vande Bharat Express suffered a similar incident. The train rammed into a herd of buffaloes and killed four of them. The incident happened when the train was on its way to Gandhinagar, between Vatva and Maninagar in Gujarat. The train had extensive damage after colliding with cattle, and the nose panel had to be replaced overnight.
On October 7, a day later, the train travelling from Gujarat to Mumbai struck a cow close to Anand. On October 8, between Dankaur and Wair stations, the train experienced a bearing issue in the traction motor of the C8 carriage.
The train was flagged-off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on September 30 from Gandhinagar. The Mumbai-Gandhinagar Vande Bharat Superfast Express began its commercial operation on October 1, a day after its flag-off ceremony.
The Vande Bharat Express is an indigenously designed and manufactured semi-high-speed train. Mumbai-Gandhinagar Vande Bharat Superfast Express is the third train under the Vande Bharat series.
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