Accident averted near level crossing

A major accident was averted on Tuesday on the Kottarakara-Punalur rail route after the level crossing gates near Avaneeswaram were left open. According to local people, the Kollam Thambaram Express halted for nearly half an hour ahead of the gate, as it did not get the signal. The gatekeeper left the gates open after the Punalur-Kollam passenger train passed through, failing to close it for the arrival of Thambaram express. The services were resumed later and Railways have initiated a probe into the incident.

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