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Midnapore: South Eastern Railway (SER) is passing through a bad phase.

After the Howrah-Digha Superfast AC Express started running while the guard was repairing a fault below the train on 9 November, an express train today derailed in East Midnapore district.

The latest mishap has happened to the Howrah-Puri Dhauli Express that left Howrah station at 6 this morning. A non-AC chair car of the train derailed around 7.10 am as the train was chugging in full speed towards Panskura in East Midnapore.

Luckily, the driver managed to stop the train by applying the emergency brake. This deterred the coach from turning turtle or affecting other coaches of the train.

On learning about the derailment, SER rushed an accident relief train from Howrah, senior railway officials of the zone also rushed to the spot.

“No passenger or crew has been injured in the accident. The cause of the derailment will be probed,” said SER chief spokesperson, Sanjay Ghosh.

Following the derailment, Dhauli Express got stranded at the spot. SER accommodated the passengers of the train in the Falaknuma Express runs along the same route.

But the back to back mishaps have raised questions on the process of monitoring and maintenance that are being followed in SER in the recent times.