Monday, August 29, 2016

Train derailment: Way Inspector suspended

KOCHI: The initial investigation into Sunday’s train derailment incident at Karukutty in Angalamy revealed that certain railway official’s flaw was the reason for the mishap. The permanent Way Inspector, who is in charge of minor repair works, was today suspended, pending inquiry.            

The Railways has also ordered a detailed investigation into the incident. After the probe report is obtained the Railways will decide on taking action against more officials, if need be. The probe will be carried out by a team led by top railway officials.

In the examination conducted using Railways OMC machine, there was a fissure on the track. Instead of cutting out that part and welding a new portion to it, nuts were used to tighten it. When the train passed over it, the nuts loosened and the track snapped apart.

Based on the above initial findings, the official in charge of the repair works was suspended. Moreover, the slabs on which tracks were laid were also very old ones and their replacement was found to be due.    

Meanwhile, Ernakulam Railway Police have filed a case over the incident. The primary investigation report will be submitted to Thiruvananthapuram divisional Manager before Tuesday.

The incident in which all passengers in the derailed bogies had a narrow escape, took place on Sunday at around 2:15 am. 13 bogies had derailed.

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