In a totally unexpected ride, the passengers of the Ahmedabad-Puri Express went about a few kilometers even when the coaches were not connected with an engine.
The engine had for the time being detached from the train for reversal at the Titlagarh station in Odisha.
It is said that the coaches were sliding down a slope because the skid brakes had not been applied.
This is what the Railway officials also opine.
Though there was none hurt in the mishap, the coaches moving by themselves towards Kesinga (under Sambalpur railway division) after the engine was detached left the passengers apprehensive to say the least.
The engine was to have been attached at the other end of the train, which is what the East Coast Railway spokesperson confirmed.
It is said that coaches began sliding around 10 pm and had covered a distance of 10 kilometer without the engine before they were brought to a halt.
The coaches could only be stopped by alert staff by putting stones and bringing the train to a halt.
Railway authorities said that the section from Titlagarh towards Kesinga has a downward slope.
Railway has meanwhile said that engine shunting procedure should have been followed properly and the staffer was identified.
Divisional Railway Manager, Sambalpur has ordered a senior official-level inquiry into the incident.>