Govt orders high-level probe into Coromandel Express mishap

Govt orders high-level probe into Coromandel Express mishap

Bhubaneswar: A high-level inquiry has been ordered into the derailment of the Howrah-Chennai Coromandel Superfast Express train near Jajpur Road railway station, about 100 km from here on Friday evening, railway officials said.

The inquiry is likely to be conducted by the chief commissioner of Railway Safety and other senior officials to ascertain the exact reason of the mishap, chief public relations officer of East Coast Railway (ECOR) J P Mishra said.

Sixteen passengers were killed and 161 injured when 13 bogies of the Coromandel Express from Howrah derailed while changing tracks in Orissa’s Jajpur district.

Confirming the casualties, general manager East Coast Railway Ajay Kumar Goel said that 13 bogies of express train, which was running at a high speed, derailed just after it passed through the Jajpur Road railway station with the engine overturning on Friday evening.

Union minister of state for Railways R Velu, Railway Board chairman S S Khurana and some board members were slated to visit the accident site, Mishra said.

Goel, who inspected the accident site, told PTI that of the 13 bogies, 11 were sleeper coach and two general.

DGP Manmohan Praharaj said that the accident occurred while the express train was changing tracks outside the station.

The engine of the train went onto one track and capsized, while the bogies, which remained on another derailed and scattered in all directions, he said.

Passengers who were on the train spoke of feeling a number of sharp jerks moments before the accident at around 8:00pm suggesting that the driver applied the brakes.

The wheels and springs of the bogies lay in all directions 200 to 300 metre away from the spot, a PTI correspondent on the scene saw. One of the 13 bogies had climbed onto another.