Bhubaneswar: Passengers of the Puri-New Delhi Neelachal Express had a narrow escape on Sunday when 10 bogies of the train and the engine derailed after hitting a road roller at an unmanned level crossing near Bhadrak, about 125 km from here.

The mishap took place at the unmanned level crossing at Rambhila, about 10-km from Bhadrak railway station this afternoon.

While the roller driver was seriously injured, no train passenger sustained any injury, Bhadrak station manager R N Biswas said. He added that the roller driver was admitted to a hospital at Bhadrak. The road roller was completely damaged.

"All the passengers of the New Delhi-bound train from Puri are safe. No one has suffered by injury due to the accident," he said.

Arrangements were made for taking the passengers of the New Delhi-bound train by a special train, a senior railway official said.

Train services on the main Chennai-Howrah track were affected following the mishap and several trains were stranded at Bhadrak and Balasore, he said, adding Bhubaneswar-Baripada train was cancelled following the mishap.

(Agencies)