A major train mishap was averted on Tuesday after official patrolling railways tracks in Bihar’s Khagaria district detected a damaged track and alerted the train driver just before the New Delhi-Dibrugarh Rajdhani Express was to pass through the area.The official placed a detonator and ran with a banner flag to stop the train.The train proceeded after the fractured railway track was repaired by engineering staff of the railways.The incident took place at around 8 a.m. on Tuesday morning.Earlier this month, at least four persons were killed and one other was grievously injured when a passenger train ran over them while crossing tracks on a rail-bridge in Bihar’s Siwan district on Friday.The deceased were a part of a group of pilgrims from neighbouring Gopalganj district, who were on their way to perform a ritual at a ‘ mazaar ‘. They were identified as Khushboo Nishan, Jhuni Khatoon, Saraswati Devi and Aslam Ansari. A child, Munna, was also seriously injured and referred to Patna for further treatment.According to the officials of the East Central Railway, the incident took place at around 5 am, when the Siwan Gorakhpur Passenger was approaching the halt between Siwan and Amroli stations. “Prima facie, it appears that some of the pilgrims could not see the train due to dense fog when they were crossing the railway bridge over Daha River. Four of them died on the spot. Some others jumped into the river to save their lives,” he added.The state government has announced a compensation of Rs 4 lakh each to the kin of the deceased. Further investigation into the incident is underway to ascertain and fix accountability, the official said.Last November, Four train accidents in less than 12 hours killed seven people and injured at least 11. While three accidents were reported from Uttar Pradesh, one occurred in Odisha

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Alert officials warn driver of damaged railway tracks; major mishap averted in Bihar