Full speed of the train, fault in the signal… investigation revolves around these points in the rail accident -aabtak24


Coromandel Train Accident: 288 people have died so far in Odisha Train Accident, one of the worst train accidents in the history of the country and this century. Hundreds of people have been injured in this accident, who are undergoing treatment in the hospital. PM Modi inspected the spot on Saturday (June 3) and met the victims in the hospital. During this, he also talked about strict action against those found guilty for the accident. Amidst all this, one question is being asked the most that how did such a big train accident happen. 

More than 24 hours have passed since this train accident in Odisha. However, it is not yet clear how this horrific tragedy happened. The Railways issued a brief official statement with very little information. The Railway Board said that the Coromandel Express was running at full speed in the up line, while the Bengaluru-Howrah Yesvantpur Express was running in the down line. The goods train was then standing in the common loop. Then the Coromandel Express derailed and some of its coaches collided with the goods train and then some coaches collided with Yesvantpur Express. 

The accident happened due to signal fault?

The real reason for this accident will be known only after the investigation, but prima facie it is believed that due to a signal fault, the Coromandel Express deviated from its scheduled track and hit the goods train from behind. However, the full picture is likely to be clear only after an official inquiry into the incident. 

Where did this train accident happen

The accident site is a little before Bahanaga Bazar station in Balasore district of Odisha. Three trains were involved in the accident – ​​two passenger trains were going in opposite directions and a goods train was standing there. The first train, Coromandel Express, started from Shalimar station in Kolkata/Howrah and was headed towards Chennai. It crossed Kharagpur and Balasore and its next stop was Bhadrak. 

At what time this horrific accident happened

The train was running almost on time and would have crossed Bahanaga Bazar (non-stop) station at 7.01 pm. There are Up Main Line (towards Chennai), Down Main Line (towards Howrah) and two loop lines on either side. Loop means a track where a train has to be parked on the edge so that the main line is left empty for a fast or important train. According to the Railways, the Coromandel Express was passing through the Up main line when it collided with a goods train standing in the Up loop line. The train was going at high speed as it was not supposed to stop at this station.

It is clear from this information that instead of going near the goods train on the main line, the Coromandel train entered the loop and collided with it. In the photographs of the incident, the locomotive of Coromandel is visible above the goods train. Locomotive drivers are given directions by means of signals, they act on these directions and not by looking at the tracks, especially in the dark. Sources told The Indian Express that at present there is a possibility of railway signal failure. 

Signal disturbance and loop line entry

Coromandel was given a green signal to pass through the main line and then the signal was switched off. Due to which the train entered the loop line and collided with the goods train. On behalf of the joint inspection team, it was said that on the basis of the information so far, they have come to the conclusion that the green signal was given for the Coromandel Express on the up main line and then it was removed, but this train was running till then. entered the loop line and collided with a goods train there and derailed. 

Could the drivers have avoided the accident?

According to sources, railway officials are also looking into the issues with the driver along with the signaling error or failure. Who are known as Loco Pilots in Railways. However, it should be noted that the train is pulled by powerful engines. Railways has said that Coromandel was going at full speed, which could be around 100 km/h. At that speed, even after applying the emergency brake, a train may not stop before two kilometers.

Where did the third train come from?

The third train, the Bengaluru-Howrah Express, was going ahead of the down main line towards Howrah (in the opposite direction) when the Coromandel hit the goods train. Most of the Bengaluru-Howrah train had already crossed the accident spot when the Coromandel collided with the goods train. However, some of the last coaches of the Bengaluru-Howrah Express met with an accident and derailed.  

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