4 Jun 2023

Odisha Train Crash: Root Cause Of Accident Identified, Restoration Work To Be Completed By Wednesday, Says Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnav

Balasore: Railways minister Ashwini Vaishnav on Sunday inspected the restoration work at the accident site in Balasore. He said the root cause of the accident had been identified. PM Modi inspected the site on Saturday.

Vaishnav said lapse in the interlocking system may have led to the accident. He said all  damaged bogies from the tracks have been removed. 

Vaishnav said our target is to complete the restoration work by Wednesday morning so that trains can start running on this track, he said. 

Over 1000 people engaged in restoration work

Restoration work is in full swing. According to the railway officials, more than 1,000 people are engaged in the restoration work. Over seven Poclain Machines, two Accident Relief Trains, and three to four Railway and Road Cranes have also been pressed into servicde at the site. 

Meanwhile, investigators were on Saturday looking into any human error, signal failure and other possible causes behind the three-train crash. Officials have submitted a preliminary inquiry report into the worst rail accident in India in nearly three decades that left at least 288 people dead and over 1,100 injured. 

Signal was given to Coromandel Exp to enter main line but it was taken off 

Preliminary investigations had also revealed that a signal was given to Coromandel Express to enter the main line but it was taken off and the train entered the loop line, where it crashed into a goods train parked there.

The Bengaluru-Howrah Superfast Express which was coming at high speed crashed into the coaches of Coromandel Express that had scattered on the adjacent track.

Team of medical experts from AIIMS Delhi arrives

A team of medical experts from AIIMS Delhi is set to visit Odisha's train accident site along with medical equipment to provide treatment to more than 1,000 injured and 100 critical patients. Ten ambulances from Andhra Pradesh have reached Odisha to assist in the shifting of the injured persons from one hospital to another. 

Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya will be visiting AIIMS Bhubaneswar and Medical College in Cuttack to take stock of medical assistance being provided to the injured victims.

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