Derailment of a goods train, resulting in three oil tankers sliding off the tracks, at Hubballi railway yard on Tuesday resulted in train services being affected, leading to partial cancellation and diversion of some trains.

The derailment of Navalur–BTPN (Bogie Tank Petroleum Pneumatic Break) at the Hubballi railway yard, adjacent to the railway station, happened around 12 p.m. and the restoration works concluded in the evening.

Soon after the incident, railway relief teams were pressed into service, and it took three hours for them to restore normality in train services towards Mysuru and Bengaluru. Subsequently, the restoration work continued and rail traffic towards Gadag was restored at 6.27 p.m.

Additional general manger of South Western Railway B.B. Singh, divisional railway manager of Hubballi Division Rajesh Mohan, principal chief operations manager G.J. Prasad, principal chief commercial manager K. Shiva Prasad, chief rolling stock engineer T. Subba Rao and other senior officers visited site and monitored restoration works.

To mitigate the hardship of passengers who were stranded owing to disruption in railway services, officials arranged 25 buses to transport passengers from Kundagol to Hubballi and from Hubballi to Annigeri. Help desks were set up at the railway station apart from opening additional counters for enquiry. Announcements regarding the delay in resumption of train services, diversions, and cancellations were made at connected stations, the railway officials said.

According to an official release, the cause of the accident was being investigated and an inquiry committee had been constituted.

Following the incident, train no. 56906 Hubballi–Solapur Passenger commencing journey was cancelled on Tuesday.

Train no. 18048 Vasco da Gama–Howrah, commencing journey on Tuesday from Vasco da Gama, was diverted via Hubballi–Hubballi South Bypass Kusugal to Gadag instead of Hubballi–Kusugal, and train no. 11303 Manuguru–Chatrapati Shahu Maharaj Terminal Express was diverted via Kusugal–Hubballi South–Hubballi instead of Kusugal–Hubballi. In all, nine trains were partially cancelled between Kundagol and Hubballi, Annigeri and Hubballi, Gadag and Hubballi, and Dharwad and Kusugal.

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