Year Ender 2023: A series of alarming train incidents, including the Balasore mishap and the Mizoram bridge collapse, shook India in 2023, raising concerns about railway safety. These tragic events have sparked widespread attention due to their severity. To gain insight into the railway accidents that occurred this year, watch this comprehensive coverage highlighting the incidents that have occurred.
Days after the tragic Balasore triple train accident, CBI arrested three railways officials on July 07. The central probe agency said that the accused have been arrested under sections 304, 201 of CrPC. The arrested railways employees have been identified as Arun Kumar Mahanta, senior section engineer; Amir Khan, section engineer; technician Pappu Kumar. CBI in its investigation found that the accused railway employees were also involved in the tampering of evidence. The arrested accused will be presented in the competent court and CBI will demand custody. The Railway Board had recommended a CBI probe into the accident following which on June 06. The CBI has already registered a First Information Report (FIR) in this matter. The horrific incident involving Coromandel Express, Shalimar Express and goods train claimed 291 lives and injured over 1000.
Days after the frightening train accident which claimed lives of at least 275 people and left over 900 people injured the ill-fated Coromandel Express is all set to resume its services on June 07 as per its scheduled time. Railway’s CPRO Aditya Kumar Chaudhary on June 06 updated about the train timings. In a tragic 3-way accident, 2 passenger trains and a good train collided with each other near Bahanaga Railway Station in Balasore on June 02. Around 10-12 coaches of Coromandel Express derailed near Bahanaga Railway station and ‘infringed’ into the opposite track. Another train coming on the same track, side crashed into the derailed coaches of Coromandel Express and also got derailed.
CBI officials reached the Balasore train accident site in Odisha on June 06. The officials have arrived to investigate the horrific accident and assess the ground reality. The deadly Balasore train accident has claimed lives of 275 people and over 1,000 injured. A 10-member CBI team has reached the accident site and began its investigation. Notably, the Railway board on Sunday recommended the CBI probe in Balasore train accident. An FIR has been registered at Balasore Railway Police Station against unknown persons under relevant sections of IPC.
Venkatesan, a jawan with the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), was the first to alert officials about the train accident involving three trains in Odisha’s Balasore. He was a passenger on the B7 coach of the ill-fated Shalimar-Chennai Coromandel Express, travelling to Chennai on leave. He played a crucial role in alerting emergency services about the train accident, which helped in reducing the extent of the accident. As soon as the accident occurred, he alerted his senior official and started rescuing fellow passengers as an experienced NDRF personnel. Venkatesan narrated the moment of the accident and how he helped his fellow passengers who were trapped in the coach.
The Railway Board today in a press conference divulged details about the catastrophic triple train accident in Odisha's Balasore on Friday night. In the conference, Jaya Varma Sinha, Member of Operation and Business Development, Railway Board recounted her conversations with the staff members of the Coromandel and Yeshwanthpur Express trains. The triple-train accident involved Bengaluru-Howrah Superfast Express, the Coromandel Express and a goods train. Notably, 17 coaches of the two passenger trains were derailed in the horrifying accident.
The railway board on June 4th held a press conference briefing the media on the Odisha train tragedy. Back in the day, Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw, in a statement, had said that the cause of the Odisha train tragedy was "a change in electronic interlocking". While the exact details of the accident are yet to be ascertained with the report from the investigation board, the railway board officials explained the ‘interlocking’ system and dismissed the failure of the ‘Kavach’ system as the reason behind the accident.
Evacuation and rescue operations are on at the accident site of the Odisha train tragedy. NDRF shared spine-chilling videos of rescue operations in Balasore through their Twitter account. The NDRF teams have been working tirelessly since the trains derailed. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also lauded all the rescue teams on the spot. Now, the restoration process is underway and the overturned bogies are being cleared from the tracks.
After the massive three-train accident in Odisha's Balasore, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee and Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw were seen engaging in a verbal duel over the death toll. Reacting to the incident, Ashwini Vaishnaw said “this is not the time to do politics.”
In the wake of the Odisha train accident, Union Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw on Sunday said, “The root cause of this accident has been identified. PM Modi inspected the site yesterday. We will try to restore the track today. All bodies have been removed. Our target is to finish the restoration work by Wednesday morning so that trains can start running on this track.” The triple-train accident involved Bengaluru-Howrah Superfast Express, the Coromandel Express and a goods train. Notably, 17 coaches of the two passenger trains were derailed in the horrifying accident.
04 June,2023 01:20 PM IST
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