Train pilots forget route, travel 300 away from path
In an oblivious incident, the pilots of Oka-Ernakulam Express forgotten their route and travailed around 300 km towards Gulbarga route on Mumbai-Chennai line here today.
According to sources in Gulbarga section of the railway, the train which changed its path for unknown reason and travelled Pune-Solapur-Gulbarga route instead of Panavel-Miraj route as traversed as much as 300 km after the engine drivers and controllers on the ground realised their folly.
Just before that, an alert passenger pulled the chain to stop the train near Gulbarga Railway station. The travellers to Chennai and other places were left in the lurch. According to the railway sources the train which started journey in Oka of Gujarat at 0200 hrs yesterday was going to Ernakulam in Kerala.
The sources did not give the any reason for this oblivious rail incident but said only that the communication gap between the railway signal crew and the driver Of the train was the main reason of the incident and the Oka-Ernakulam train changed its route because of a goods train derailed Near Ratnagiri of Maharashtra.
An inquiry has been ordered.
(Posted on 15-04-2014)