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Railway commences probe into Kalka Mail accident

The Railway Safety Commission here has commenced a probe into the Kalka Mail derailment in Punjab last week in which 70 people were killed and 250 others injured.



Kanpur: The Railway Safety Commission here
has commenced a probe into the Kalka Mail derailment in Punjab
last week in which 70 people were killed and 250 others
injured.

Commissioner of Railway Safety, Lucknow, Prashant Kumar
and his team yesterday initiated the investigation to
determine the cause of derailment of the Kalka Mail, official
sources said.

The probe is expected to go on till July 15 and the
Commission will submit its report to the Railway Ministry on
July 18.

The July 10 mishap, in which 14 coaches of Delhi-bound
Kalka Mail had jumped tracks at Malwa in Fatehpur district,
claimed the lives of 70 people, including two Swedish
nationals, and caused injuries to over 250 people.

The Commission will check if any pre-existing faults were
present in the engine or any of the coaches, or if track
reparation work was going on.

It will also take into account depositions by
eye-witnesses at the accident site, possibility of the driver
or assistant driver being drunk or drugged, and reports of
guards and drivers of trains that departed before the Kalka
mail.

According to sources at the Railway Ministry, Kalka Mail
driver Arvind Kumar said that the accident occurred so
suddenly that he did not get a chance to apply the emergency
brakes, which was earlier considered to be a possible reason
behind the accident.

Preliminary investigations point towards faults in the
tracks, which is now being probed more meticulously, the
sources said.

The team is recording the statements of Kalka Mail
driver, assistant driver, Malwa station railway staff,
gateman, cabin man and 60 other people in connection with the
accident.

PTI

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