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Business News/ News / India/  Bihar train accident: Officials blame engineering fault for North East super-fast train derailment in Buxar
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Bihar train accident: Officials blame engineering fault for North East super-fast train derailment in Buxar

On Wednesday night all the 23 coaches of the superfast train from Delhi’s Anand Vihar Terminus to Assam’s Kamakhya had derailed near Raghunathpur station, killing four people and leaving 71 injured.

File: Emergency personnel stand next to an overturned train carriage near Raghunathpur railway station some 44 Km from Buxar on October 12, 2023, after an express train derailed late on October 11 in India's Bihar state. (Photo by Sachin KUMAR / AFP) (AFP)Premium
File: Emergency personnel stand next to an overturned train carriage near Raghunathpur railway station some 44 Km from Buxar on October 12, 2023, after an express train derailed late on October 11 in India's Bihar state. (Photo by Sachin KUMAR / AFP) (AFP)

Two days after the North East super-fast train derailed in Bihar’s Buxar district, railway officials on duty claimed the accident may have been caused because of an engineering fault, reported Hindustan Times on 13 October.

On Wednesday night all the 23 coaches of the superfast train from Delhi’s Anand Vihar Terminus to Assam’s Kamakhya had derailed near Raghunathpur station, killing four people and leaving 71 injured.

According to the HT report, which cited sources, a 15-page joint note signed by the on-duty station master, points man, gateman, loco pilot, assistant loco pilot, and track man has said that the accident may have been caused by a fault of the engineering department.

Besides the injured passengers and locals, the commissioner of railway safety (CRS) has recorded their statement. The issue was also discussed among the East Central Railway (ECR) officials at the accident site on Friday morning, they added.

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Gateman Nand Kishore Singh in his statement said he saw sparking and heard heavy noise when the train was passing, while loco pilot Bipin Kumar Sinha said that when the train was crossing the Raghunathpur home signal and a railway crossing he felt heavy vibration, jerk in the back portion of the locomotive and found pressure drop in the break pipe.

“If the loco pilot found pressure dropped during the running train, there is a possibility of one of the wheels getting down from the track leading to automatic break or a possibility of leakage in the brake pipe," HT quoted a senior official of the Indian Railway as saying.

Apart from this, he also said that 30 minutes before the incident, the 15232 Down Durg-Barauni train, which was running on a changed route, passed on the same track and its loco pilot also felt a vibration. “In such a case, he has to inform the station manager about such vibrations and only an inquiry will reveal whether such information was shared with the station manager or not," said a railway official.

On Thursday, two senior railways officials had said that the cause of the derailment, according to a preliminary investigation, seemed to be a fault in the tracks, specifically a rail fracture, or a gap in the tracks.

Over 45 hours after the tragic railway accident, a trial run was conducted on the affected railway tracks on Friday. Several trains resumed operations on up line in the morning while the down line was restored for operation in the evening.

“Within 48 hours of the tragedy, train movement on up and down line was normalized. Train movement will begin from now," said the chief public relations officer (CPRO) of East Central Railway, Birendra Kumar.

With agency inputs.

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Published: 13 Oct 2023, 09:04 PM IST
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