India Mourns as Train Disaster Leaves a Trail of Tragedy: Signal fault blamed

As attempts to remove the wreckage continue, the railroads minister claims that the train was redirected to the incorrect lines.

According to the Minister of railways for India, an electronic signaling fault that drove a train onto the incorrect tracks was to blame for the train catastrophe that left at least 275 people dead and hundreds more injured.

In one of India’s worst rail catastrophes in decades, two passenger trains crashed on Friday night in eastern India, prompting Ashwini Vaishnaw’s explanation on Sunday as crews attempted to clean the twisted debris.

According to the Press Trust of India news agency, early investigations showed that the train received a signal to reach the main track line but was afterwards diverted. The freight train was struck by the train as it entered the loop line, another line.

“’Who has done it and what is the reason will come out of an investigation,” Ashwini Vaishnaw said in an interview with New Delhi Television network.

Authorities started to remove the trains’ twisted wreckage from the accident in the Balasore region of eastern Odisha state.

According to a statement from a top Odisha state official, the death toll, which had been first reported at 288, was reduced on Sunday when it was discovered that several bodies had been recorded more than once. Early on Sunday, five more remains were taken to a nearby school that was being utilized as a morgue. “We do not know how many more bodies will come,” a health worker said.

The incident happened at a time when India’s prime leader, Narendra Modi, is concentrating on modernizing the country’s train system, which was built during the British colonial era and now supports 1.42 billion people. Several hundred incidents happen annually on India’s railroads, the world’s largest train network with a single administration, despite government attempts to increase rail safety.

According to preliminary investigations, the Coromandel Express was granted a signal to join the main track line, but the signal was afterwards turned off. The freight train was struck by the railway as it entered the loop line, according to the Press Trust of India news agency.

Ashwini Vaishnaw, India’s railways minister, responded to questions regarding the accident’s early findings and cause: “Let the inquiry report come out. It won’t be appropriate to comment.”

On Friday night, chaos broke out when rescuers ascended the derailed trains to use cutting torches to smash down doors and windows in an effort to free those who were trapped within the rail cars.

On Saturday, Modi went to the disaster site to see at the relief efforts and speak with rescue personnel. He also went to a hospital, where he chatted with members of the medical staff and asked questions about the care being given to the injured.

Modi informed reporters that he could feel the suffering of the accident victims. He said that the government would make every effort to assist them and would severely punish anyone found to be in fault.

One train’s ten to twelve coaches derailed, and pieces of several of the damaged coaches fell onto an adjacent track. According to Amitabh Sharma, a spokeswoman for the railways ministry, the debris was struck by a second passenger train traveling in the other direction, which led to the derailment of up to three coaches on the second train.

One of the deadliest railway accidents in India occurred in 1995 when two trains crashed close to New Delhi, killing 358 people. Between the towns of Indore and Patna, a passenger train derailed in 2016, killing 146 people.

Human mistake or out-of-date signaling equipment are considered the main causes of train accidents in India.

Every day, 14,000 trains carrying more than 12 million passengers traverse India’s 64,000 kilometres (40,000 km) of track.

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