Odisha Train Accident: PM Modi Visits Accident Site; Signalling Error Suspected To Be The Cause

by Mallika Khurana
Odisha Train Accident: PM Modi Visits Accident Site; Signalling Error Suspected To Be The Cause

The tragic accident that occurred yesterday in Odisha is the most gruesome rail accident, and the entire nation is shaken. According to reports by the Indian Express, the railway department is predicting a signalling error as the reason for the 3-train collision tragedy. They consider it to be the most likely scenario that could have caused three trains to derail. 

Signalling Error Might Have Caused Odisha Accident

On Friday night, the Bengaluru-Howrah Superfast Express and the Shalimar-Chennai Central Coromandel Express derailed in Balasore. During the collision, a goods train was also struck. This massive accident led to over 900 people being injured. A multidisciplinary joint inspection was conducted by supervisors to analyse the reason behind the accident.

The report concluded that the Coromandel Express received a green signal to cross the designated main line. However, that signal was then turned off. The train slammed into a goods train as it entered the loop line and then derailed. The superfast express train from Yashwantpur had arrived in the meantime, and two of its coaches had also derailed.  Even though no official speculations have been made yet, the Commissioner of Railway Safety will investigate the specifics. Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishaw has also announced ex-gratia compensation for the victims of the accident. 

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PM Modi Visited The Site Of Accident In Odisha

To assess the aftermath of the tragedy and oversee the relief work process, Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the site of the accident in Odisha. He went to Balasore on Saturday and received a briefing of the chaos and its specifics from officials, including Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, Union Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw, and others. The Prime Minister also spoke with members of the disaster relief team, railroad officials, and local government representatives. 

The commissioner of railway safety (CRS), South Eastern Circle, has decided to conduct an investigation to determine the details of the accident and what caused it. The worst train crash in the country occurred at 7 pm on June 3. This accident took place in the Balasore district of Odisha. An immediate investigation was ordered by the Ministry of Railways.

It is an immensely difficult time for all the deceased, injured, and their families.

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