Train mishap: Probe team finds point box seal bro­ken

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - Lucknow - HT Cor­re­spon­dent let­ters@htlive.com

LUC­KNOW: The probe into the de­rail­ment of the Delhi-bound MLDT NDLS Ex­press that de­railed in Harchand­pur area of Rae Bareli dis­trict on Oc­to­ber 10 con­tin­ued for the sec­ond day.

Con­tin­u­ing the probe, chief com­mis­sioner rail­way safety (CRS) and other of­fi­cials were taken aback when they dis­cov­ered the seal of the ‘point box’ bro­ken. Sources with North­ern Rail­ways (NR) said the bro­ken seal of the box that records ev­ery de­tail of the sig­nals, showed tam­per­ing with ev­i­dence.

Chief Com­mis­sioner Rail­way Safety (CRS) SP Pathak had in­spected the site on Fri­day and be­gan a high-level probe into the de­rail­ment that claimed the lives of seven pas­sen­gers and left many in­jured.

The CRS not only in­spected the ac­ci­dent site but also recorded the state­ments of the loco driv­ers and rail­way staff, in­clud­ing guard, elec­tri­cal sig­nal mon­i­tor and sig­nal in­spec­tor to an­a­lyse the causes that led to the disas­ter. North­ern Rail­ways (NR) of­fi­cials said in the state­ment that the loco driver stated that the sig­nals sug­gested that the tracks were set for the main line but sud­denly the train be­gan mov­ing on the loop line. By the time the emer­gency brakes were ap­plied, the bo­gies had gone off the track. Other than guard, loco driv­ers and oth­ers, there were 28 Rail­ways staff who got state­ments recorded.

Sources said that af­ter record­ing the state­ment, it was con­cluded that the train was mov­ing at 75km/hr at the time of de­rail­ment. The Delhi-bound 14003 MLDT NDLS Ex­press de­railed near Harchand­pur area of Rae Bareli dis­trict dur­ing the morn­ing hours on Oc­to­ber 10.

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