New Delhi: The recently launched Vande Bharat Express train in Gujarat met with an accident on Thursday. While coming from Mumbai to Ahmedabad railway station collided with a herd of buffaloes near Maninagar station. Now the Railway Protection Force (RPF) has registered an FIR against the owner of the buffaloes for this accident on Friday. The front portion of the Mumbai-Gandhinagar Vande Bharat Express was damaged after it collided with a herd of buffaloes
Shortly after the accident, the train was sent forward again. Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently flagged off the new Vande Bharat Express between Mumbai and Gandhinagar.
The nose cone cover of the driver coach of the semi-high speed train, which was damaged after colliding with buffaloes, has been replaced with a new coach in Mumbai, the Western Railway (WR) said in a statement. The incident took place at 11:18 am on Thursday.
The train collided with a herd of buffaloes near Ahmedabad. Four buffaloes were killed in the incident, officials said. After the accident, the Vande Bharat Express train stood for some time. The train was rescheduled to depart at 11:27 am.
“The RPF has registered an FIR against unidentified owners of buffaloes coming in the way of Vande Bharat train between Vatva and Maninagar railway stations in Ahmedabad,” Said Jitendra Kumar Jayant, Senior Spokesperson (Ahmedabad Division), Western Railway.
Railway PRO Pradeep Sharma said the incident caused some damage. There has been no impact on train operations. The train is running from its scheduled time. Sharma said that the front portion of the train which is broken will be repaired.
The train will be operated on time. Railway officials say that cow and buffalo rearers in Gujarat are not aware of the time table of Vande Bharat. This is the reason why the herd of buffaloes came on the tracks. A campaign will now be launched to make them aware.