The Shalimar Chennai Coromandel Express got derailed on Friday evening at around 7 p.m. in Odisha’s Balasore resulting derailment of 10 -12 coaches leading to over 900 injured passengers including deaths over 300 estimated till now by the sources.
This horrible train accident caused when the Bengaluru-Howrah Superfast Express collided with the derailed coaches of Coromandel Express when the train already fell onto the opposite tracks, adding to the tragedy and sudden demise of numerous passengers.
Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw announced today that already a high level probe has been started regarding the derailment . He further said as quoted by ANI ,” The accident was unfortunate and the rescue operation began shortly after the incident was reported to the ministry.”
The most possible fact that has been chosen for the cause of this accident is signaling error. In a multi-disciplinary joint-inspection note by supervisors, it was concluded that a green signal was given to the Coromandel Express to pass through the designated main line but then the signal was taken off. Unfortunately the train entered the loop line and rammed into a goods train and derailed. Meanwhile, on the down line, the superfast express train from Yashwantpur arrived and when collided caused further coaches to get derailed. “We after the careful observation, came to the conclusion that signal was given, and taken off, for Up main line for 12841, but this train entered into Up loop line and dashed with goods train which was on Up loop line and derailed,” says the note.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, along with the Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba, Home Minister Amit Shah and other senior members of the Prime Minister’s Office and the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) took a briefing on the accident from Railway Board Member (Operations and Business Development) Jaya Varma Sinha in the morning and claimed to provide an amount of Rs 10lakhs to the household of the passengers who died unfortunately because of this derailed accident.
After around 10 hours of intense mobilisation of all possible resources available to the state and Centre, the rescue operation at the site of the twin derailments at the Bahanaga Bazar railway station in Odisha was completed Saturday morning. “The rescue operation has been completed, now we are starting the restoration work,” said Railway ministry spokesperson Amitabh Sharma. Furthermore still rescue teams are carrying out with their operations to clean the tracks and to excrete the dead bodies from the tracks.