An unusual incident took place today, when the semi-high speed Vande Bharat Express train ran over a 54-year-old woman near Anand in Gujarat. This is not the forst time such an incident has taken place. The incident comes on the back of multiple instances of Vande Bharat train colliding with cattle in Gujarat. The Vande Bharat semi-high speed express train service between the capital cities of Gujarat and Maharashtra was launched on September 30 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. However, since its launch, three incidents of the train colliding with cattle have taken place in Gujarat. Hence, Western Railway warned cattle owners in the region to control the movement of their cattle and not let them come near the railway tracks.
Vande Bharat train on the Mumbai-Gandhinagar route was damaged on 29 October 2022 in a cattle run-over incident. The incident occurred near the Atul in Mumbai Central while the train was on its journey from Mumbai Central to Gandhinagar. Due to the accident, the train was detained for 15 minutes resulting in a delay in services. After the accident, the nose cone of the train broke. However, the train didn’t have any mechanical damage.
Earlier, the nose of the Vande Bharat train was damaged after it collided with cattle on the same route. This incident occurred between Ahmedabad’s Vatva and Maninagar stations, but, the train travelled without the panel to Gandhinagar Capital station and again to Mumbai Central.
54-year-old woman run over by Vande Bharat Express train near Anand in Gujarat: Railway Police
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However, no functional part of the train was damaged. At the time, the Western Railway said in a statement that the nose of the train was sacrificial by design.