India as a nation is currently passing through a devastating moment as three trains miserably collided with one another in the country's eastern state of Odisha.
The mass train accident whose cause is yet to be unveiled has resulted in the demise of about 288 passengers with about 1000 others seriously injured.
Although the cause of the mass accident which Indians currently described as the 'worst' train crash that ever happened in the country, is yet to be ascertained, a cabinet colleague of the Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw who joined him to inspect the scene of the accident suggested that the accident is related to a "technical error".
Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw vowed to set up a high-level committee to investigate the cause of the accident but his cabinet's friend who blamed the accident on technical error suggested that the accident was preventable.
While the Railway Minister promised an investigation into the cause of the accident, Railway Authority gave brief details of the three trains which collided as follows:
The railway ministry said the crash took place around 18:55 (13:25 GMT) on Friday near the Bahanaga Bazar station, about 270km (170 miles) south of Kolkata, and that the accident involved Coromandel Express which had started just hours before from Shalimar railway station in the state of West Bengal and was headed to the southern city of Chennai. Another train involved in the mass train crash was the Howrah Superfast Express which had started from Yesvantpur station in Bengaluru and was due to reach Howrah. The third train was a stationery goods train which was standing at the Bahanaga Bazar station.
Although there are unrelated accounts of the train that first got derailed among the three trains that crashed, a Railway spokesperson Amitabh Sharma said it was the Coromandel Express that derailed first.
Amitabh Sharma gave an account that the Bahanaga Bazar station had four tracks.
And that "Lines 1 and 4 had goods trains parked on them. The passenger trains were running parallelly and simultaneously on tracks two and three. It's a matter of investigation why and how the Coromandel Express got derailed and hit the goods trains," he said.
He added that coaches from the derailed train fell onto the two rear coaches of the Horwah Superfast and derailed it too.
No doubt about it, India has one of the largest train networks in the world its Railway company transport about 12,000 people daily, and the majority of the residents rely on the railroad for transportation. However, Indian railroads need technical improvement.
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Written by Omooba Alekuwodo (omoobaalekuwodo)
Published 6/3/2023 9:12:20 PM