VELLORE: Passengers travelling on Guwahati- Thiruvananthapuram Express train had a narrow escape on Sunday around 9.30 am when the buffer link connecting two coaches snapped when the train was near Chitheri.
As the train was stopped on the route, Brindavan Express, which was stopped midway, was delayed for three hours. The Hubli-Chennai Express and Chennai-Bangalore Lalbagh express were also delayed.
When Guwahati-Thiruvananthapuram Express reached near Chitheri railway station, the buffer link connecting A1 AC coach and the B2 coach broke and the dynamic motor in the compartment, fell on the track, damaging the following coaches. Passengers panicked after hearing the loud thud and screamed for help. Immediately the train was stopped and the passengers were taken to the Chitheri station.
One passenger who received minor injuries was administered first aid at the station. The train coaches were removed with the help of cranes and the track was repaired by Arakkonam railway staff. Officials arranged an alternate train and passengers left for Thiruvananthapuram around 5.30 pm.