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‘Not following rule’ by goods train driver could have led to crash, says ‘joint report’ by rly officials | India News

NEW DELHI: While the detailed probe by Commissioner of Railway Safety will find the exact reason of the fatal train accident, a “joint observation report” prepared by half a dozen railway officers has indicated that the loco pilot of goods train flouting the rule to stop at the automatic signal and “excessive speeding” may be the causes of derailment.However, one of the officials, the chief loco inspector (CLI), gave a dissent note.
Joint observation report in any accident is based on preliminary findings by officials from different departments of railways who visit the site soon after a mishap. In this case, there were officials from engineering, signaling, mechanical and traffic department and the CLI.
The engineers in their report said that after the on site observation they came to “conclusion that rear end dashing of 13174 DN (read Kanchanjungha Express) by DN GFCJ container (goods train) and ultimately derailment of coaches and container wagon may have occurred due to not following the rule to passing under Automatic Signal at danger position and also excessive speed of train no DN GFCJ container.”
The report, which was submitted a day after the accident, also mentioned that the loco pilot, assistant loco pilot and train manager of the goods train were responsible for the accident.
In his dissent note, the CLI said he doesn’t agree there was failure of all automatic/ semi-automatic signals between Ranipatra (RNI) and Chattar Hat Junction (CAT). He mentioned that the signals had not been working since 5.50am on the day of the accident. He wrote that in such a situation, the whole section (between RNI and CAT) should have been converted into an Absolute Block System – a system to allow only one train at a time between two stations.

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