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Nov 23 2016 (10:03AM)  Kanpur Train Tragedy: Driver Claims He Warned The Officials Who Asked Him To Carry On (www.indiatimes.com)
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The deadly accident involving the Patna-Indore Express is believed to have occurred as a result of ignoring repeated danger alerts raised by the loco pilot concerned. According to the driver, senior officials were allegedly warned of the danger early, but they asked the driver to carry on and bring the train to Kanpur.
Following the instructions, Loco Pilot Jalat Sharma went ahead to drive the train to meet India’s worst train tragedy in the last six years. At least 142 people were killed and over 200 suffered injuries when 14 coaches of the train derailed near Pukhrayan at Kanpur Dehat district in Uttar Pradesh on Sunday morning.
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in his report, has said that he noticed an overload on engine meter when the train had crossed two stations after Jhansi. He immediately informed his colleague DP Yadav and then they alerted the officials concerned of Jhansi Zone at around 1:00 a.m. However, he was ordered to get the train to Kanpur anyhow.
"I informed officials of the overload but was asked to carry on and reach Kanpur,” he told Dainik Bhaskar.
At 3:03 a.m. there was a heavy explosion in the Overhead Electric Cable (OHE), after which the driver had to apply an emergency brake. The train at that time was running at a speed of 110 km/h. As a result, the passengers experienced a series of sudden jerks and deafening noise. And then the coaches began slipping from the track.
Had there been not a circuit break as a result of the trip followed by the explosion in the OHE cable, the train would have caught a massive fire, Sharma reportedly said in his report.
If the driver’s report is to be trusted, it shifts spotlight back on passenger safety issues and raises many questions. If there was a risk of accident due to the overload and officials were informed beforehand, as mentioned in the report, why was not the train stopped immediately? Who will now be responsible for the loss of so many innocent lives?
At a time when Indian Railways is in a transformation mode to focus on increasing capacity and re-designing the business model, passengers’ safety appears to have taken a backseat. Routine safety drills, say sources, are not carried out on a regular basis to check the preparedness to handle the emergency situations, 1 lakh-odd posts in the safety category are lying vacant.
"Even if micro cracks on the track were the reason behind the deadly accident, it took place because Ultra Sonic Fault Detection (USFD) checks of tracks are not routinely done," said a senior official of the Ministry of Railways.
Another officer said requesting anonymity that rail tracks had of late deteriorated on account of the government’s business aims to run more and heavier trains.
  
Nov 23 2016 (9:15AM)  Indore-Patna Express derailment: Toll touches 150; deadliest rail mishap since 1999 (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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The death toll on Tuesday climbed to 150 in the Indore-Patna Express derailment.
This makes it the deadliest train accident in the last 17 years.
A high-level probe was on Monday ordered by Railway Minister, who promised "strictest possible action" against the guilty.
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PUKHRAYAN: The death toll on Tuesday climbed to 150 in the Indore-Patna Express derailment+ , making it the deadliest train accident in the last 17 years with four more persons, including a 12-year-old boy, succumbing to injuries.
The deaths reported from hospitals pushed the toll to 150 even as railway services resumed on Jhansi-Kanpur section after damaged tracks were replaced between Pukhrayan and Malasa stations.
"Ram Singh, 52, and Abhay Shrivastava, 12, passed away during treatment at Regency and Hallet hospital of Medical College here," Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr. Ramayan Prasad said. The identity of two other deceased was not known.
With these deaths, the Sunday derailment of the train 19321 has become the deadliest rail accident since August 2, 1999 when 290 persons were killed after two trains carrying a total of 2,500 people collided at Gaisal in Assam.
Prasad said the condition of six persons is serious.
145 bodies have been identified and handed over to the families after post-mortem. The autopsy of five other bodies will be conducted after they are identified, he added.
Medical College Principal Dr. Navneet Kumar said 65 injured persons are admitted in the Hallet Hospital and six of them are in the ICU.
Meanwhile, train services resumed on the affected section, where 14 coaches were derailed in the wee hours of November 20, disrupting traffic on the route. Four trains were cancelled and 14 diverted after the accident.
Kanpur IGP Zaki Ahmed said that besides replacing rails, electrical works were completed to ensure train operation on the busy route.
"The route became operational last night after the damaged tracks were removed from the site. A trial run was conducted on the tracks before the resumption of train services," he said.
Officials had said that prima facie, the cause of the accident could be track fracture+ .
A high-level probe was on Monday ordered by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu, who promised "strictest possible action" against the guilty+ .
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Nov 23 2016 (9:10AM)  Railway slips up, Shreyan not on death list (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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BHOPAL: The railway authorities of Bhopal division are clueless about death of a nine year old boy from Bhopal Shreyan Sharma who became youngest victim of Indore- Patna train accident so far.Even though the family was informed on Saturday evening around 9 pm about his death by their relatives who had rushed on the spot to help and locate the family, officials at District Railway Manager's (DRM) office have no idea about this casualty.
There was only mention of Shreyan's injured parents Arun Sharma and Nupur Sharma in the list of injured available with DRM Bhopal. The list did not mention name of their elder son Devyansh Sharma who also had suffered minor injuries in the incident.
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DRM officials were contacted on Sunday and Monday evening, they had still no news about Shreyan. His name was nowhere in their list of deceased. "We have list of six people from Bhopal who have died but Shreyan is not there in the list. Arun Sharma and his wife are in injured list and that is all we have received so far," said PRO railways Bhopal division I A Sidiqui. He said there the list of dead included Geeta Singh, Rajni singh, Poonam Tiwari, Jiwitesh Kumar, Sanjay Nath and Rajesh Singh.
DRM Bhopal division Alok Kumar did not receive calls made by this newspaper despite several attempts. Shreyan a class 4 student of St Montford School Bhopal was killed on the spot in the derailment of 14 coaches of Indore-Patna Express near Pukhrayan in Uttar Pradesh's Kanpur Dehat district in on Sunday morning. His body arrived to Bhopal on Monday morning and was handed over to family for his last rites. Shreyan was cremated at a local ground Shubash Nagar Bhopal on Monday afternoon.
  
Nov 23 2016 (9:08AM)  Kanpur train derailment: Railways suspends 5 officials, transfers Jhansi DRM (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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Railways suspends five senior officials and transfers Jhansi Divisional Manager.
The probe into the Indore-Patna Express accident gains momentum.
The death toll in Sunday's accident rises to 150.
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senior officials and transferred Jhansi Divisional Manager (DRM) as the probe into the Indore-Patna Express accident gained momentum, with blood samples of the two drivers sent for alcohol test.
The death toll in Sunday's accident rose to 150, making it the deadliest train accident in the last 17 years with four more persons, including a 12-year-old boy, succumbing to their injuries.
Senior Divisional Mechanical Engineer (Carriage and wagon) Navaid Talib, Divisional Engineer M K Mishra, Senior Section Engineer Ambika Ojha, Section Engineer Iswar Das and Senior Section Engineer Sushil Kumar Gupta were suspended for dereliction of duty while DRM of Jhansi Division S K Aggarwal was transferred.
While Jhansi DRM was transferred to Ranchi, the five officials were suspended pending inquiry.
"It was very necessary to take action to fix responsibility. Suspension and transfer order was issued pending inquiry being conducted by the Commissioner Railway Safety (CRS)," said a senior Railway Ministry official.
Meanwhile, Railway Safety Commissioner P K Acharya said blood samples of the two drivers of the train have been sent to a lab to ascertain if they were in an inebriated condition that could have caused the deadly derailment.
"Blood samples of both the drivers have been sent to a laboratory for tests. I can make further comments once the laboratory sends the reports," he said replying to questions on whether the drivers were under the influence of alcohol.
Acharya, who is probing the accident and had inspected the site on Monday, said it may take about two-three days to complete the inquiry and the report will be submitted to the government in a month's time.The statements of the driver, the assistant driver, a police inspector and a few other people have been recorded, he said, adding that this is first round of questioning and there will be more rounds.
He said samples of the broken railway track have been brought to Kanpur and are being sent for examination to the Research Designs and Standards Organisation's (RDSO) laboratory.
A 12-member team of Government Railway Police (GRP) personnel has also been formed to investigate the derailment.
On being told that the GRP had registered FIRs against unknown people and is also investigating the matter, Acharya said he had nothing to do with the GRP's probe.
  
Nov 23 2016 (9:06AM)  No laxity in relief work: BJP delegation to railway officials (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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KANPUR: A delegation of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), led by its city president Surendra Maithani, met deputy chief traffic manager (railways) Jitendra Kumar here on Tuesday and requested him to direct the railway administration to create awareness among the public about the initiatives being taken by it to help the victims and injured persons of Pukhrayan rail accident.
The delegation demanded that there should be no laxity on the part of railway administration in undertaking the relief work.
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investigating the cause of the accident.He said arrangements have already been made to send the injured passengers to their destinations. The railways have so far have given Rs 80 lakh as financial assistance to the injured persons, he informed.
Deputy chief traffic manager Jitendra Kumar told the delegation that railways had made adequate arrangements to distribute fruits, biscuits, bread and milk among the injured persons. He lauded the role of social organisations in extending help and taking care of the injured persons.
Maithani complained to Kumar that a doctor of LLR Hospital had handed over a prescription to the attendant of an injured kid asking the former to purchase medicines from the market.
He said that he had lodged a complaint against the doctor before the hospital administration. The deputy CTM said that chief security commissioner (railways) after taking cognizance of his complaint would initiate action against the erring doctor.
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Nov 23 2016 (8:47AM)  Rail traffic on Ernakulam-Shoranur route disrupted (www.thehindu.com)
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Rail traffic on the Ernakulam-Shoranur route was disrupted from Tuesday morning till noon after attempts to remove an AC coach of a train that derailed near Karukutty in August encountered unexpected delay.
There was already speed restriction in vogue at Angamaly for track replacement. The attempts to remove the coach of Trivandrum-Mangalore Express that derailed and fell on the Ernakulam-Thrissur ‘uptrack’ began early on Tuesday morning.
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to Angamaly using a light engine, from where it will be brought to Ernakulam. Commuters were caught unawares by trains encountering unexpected delay.
Thiruvananthapuram Divisional Railway Manager Prakash Bhutani said there was a judgemental error by the mechanical wing about the complexities involved in salvaging the coach. “They did not correctly assess the time required for the purpose. Simultaneously, ballast-cleaning work was going on in between Angamaly and Chalakudy. The two factors led to numerous trains being detained at stations,” he said.
Ballast-cleaning work will be taken up in the ‘down track’ (Angamaly-Ernakulam track) in another fortnight. Salvaging of five derailed coaches that are lying in the down track too will be taken up shortly.
The trains that suffered delay of up to five hours on Tuesday included Trivandrum-Palakkad Amrita Express, Chennai-Guruvayur Express and Kochuveli-Nizamuddin special train. Attempts by a section of season ticket holders to travel in a Sabarimala special train led to further confusion as passengers stopped the train by pulling the chain. Normal rail traffic was restored only by noon.
  
Nov 23 2016 (8:40AM)  5 Railways officials suspended, Jhansi DRM transferred (www.thehindu.com)
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Railways on Tuesday suspended five senior officials and transferred Jhansi Divisional Manager (DRM) as the probe into the Indore-Patna Express accident gained momentum, with blood samples of the two drivers sent for alcohol test.
The death toll in Sunday’s mishap rose to 150, making it the deadliest train accident in the last 17 years with four more persons, including a 12-year-old boy, succumbing to their injuries.
Senior Divisional Mechanical Engineer (Carriage and wagon) Navaid Talib, Divisional Engineer M K Mishra, Senior Section Engineer Ambika Ojha, Section Engineer Iswar Das and Senior Section Engineer
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Sushil Kumar Gupta were suspended for dereliction of duty while DRM of Jhansi Division S K Aggarwal was transferred.
While Jhansi DRM was transferred to Ranchi, the five officials were suspended pending inquiry.
“It was very necessary to take action to fix responsibility. Suspension and transfer order was issued pending inquiry being conducted by the Commissioner Railway Safety (CRS),” said a senior Railway Ministry official.
Meanwhile, Railway Safety Commissioner P K Acharya said blood samples of the two drivers of the train have been sent to a lab to ascertain if they were in an inebriated condition that could have caused the derailment.
“Blood samples of both the drivers have been sent for tests. I can make further comments once the laboratory sends the reports,” he said replying to questions on whether the drivers were under the influence of alcohol.
Mr Acharya, who is probing the accident and had inspected the site yesterday, said it may take about two to three days to complete the inquiry and the report will be submitted to the government in a month’s time.
The statements of the driver, the assistant driver, a police inspector and a few other people have been recorded, he said. - PTI
  
Nov 23 2016 (8:10AM)  Toll mounts to 148 in Indore—Patna Express derailment (www.thehindu.com)
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The death toll on Tuesday mounted to 148 in the Indore-Patna Express derailment here even as railway services resumed on Jhansi-Kanpur section after damaged tracks were replaced between Pukhrayan and Malasa stations.
“The death toll has risen to 148 after fresh casualties were reported from the hospital. The deceased have not been identified yet,” Kanpur IG Zaki Ahmed said.
Some of the injured are still in a critical situation, he said.PTI
  
Nov 23 2016 (8:08AM)  Rail traffic disruptedv (www.thehindu.com)
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Rail traffic on the Ernakulam-Shoranur route was disrupted from Tuesday morning till noon after attempts to remove an AC coach of a train that derailed near Karukutty in August encountered unexpected delay.
There was already speed restriction at Angamaly for track replacement. The attempts to remove the coach of Trivandrum-Mangalore Express that derailed and fell on the Ernakulam-Thrissur ‘uptrack’ began early on Tuesday morning.
The Railway’s mechanical wing was to complete the work in three hours, by 6.30 a.m. But it went on to 9 a.m. The damaged coach was towed to Angamaly
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using a light engine, from where it will be brought to Ernakulam. Commuters were caught unawares by trains encountering unexpected delay.
Thiruvananthapuram Divisional Railway Manager Prakash Bhutani said there was a judgemental error by the mechanical wing about the complexities involved in salvaging the coach. “They did not correctly assess the time required for the purpose. Simultaneously, ballast-cleaning work was going on in between Angamaly and Chalakudy. The two factors led to numerous trains being detained at stations,” he said.
Ballast-cleaning work will be taken up in the ‘down track’ (Angamaly-Ernakulam track) in another fortnight. Salvaging of five derailed coaches that are lying in the down track too will be taken up shortly. The trains that suffered delay of up to five hours on Tuesday included Trivandrum-Palakkad Amrita Express, Chennai-Guruvayur Express and Kochuveli-Nizamuddin special train. Attempts by a section of season ticket holders to travel in a Sabarimala special train led to further confusion as passengers stopped the train by pulling the chain. Normal rail traffic was restored only by noon.
  
Nov 22 2016 (11:00PM)  Kanpur train derailment: Railways suspends 5 officials, transfers Jhansi DRM - Times of India (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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KANPUR: Railways on Tuesday suspended five senior officials and transferred Jhansi Divisional Manager (DRM) as the probe into the Indore-Patna Express accident gained momentum, with blood samples of the two drivers sent for alcohol test.
The death toll in Sunday's accident rose to 150, making it the deadliest train accident in the last 17 years with four more persons, including a 12-year-old boy, succumbing to their injuries.
Senior Divisional Mechanical Engineer (Carriage and wagon) Navaid Talib, Divisional Engineer M K Mishra, Senior Section Engineer Ambika Ojha, Section Engineer Iswar Das and Senior Section
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Engineer Sushil Kumar Gupta were suspended for dereliction of duty while DRM of Jhansi Division S K Aggarwal was transferred.
While Jhansi DRM was transferred to Ranchi, the five officials were suspended pending inquiry.
"It was very necessary to take action to fix responsibility. Suspension and transfer order was issued pending inquiry being conducted by the Commissioner Railway Safety (CRS)," said a senior Railway Ministry official.
Meanwhile, Railway Safety Commissioner P K Acharya said blood samples of the two drivers of the train have been sent to a lab to ascertain if they were in an inebriated condition that could have caused the deadly derailment.
"Blood samples of both the drivers have been sent to a laboratory for tests. I can make further comments once the laboratory sends the reports," he said replying to questions on whether the drivers were under the influence of alcohol.
Acharya, who is probing the accident and had inspected the site on Monday, said it may take about two-three days to complete the inquiry and the report will be submitted to the government in a month's time.
The statements of the driver, the assistant driver, a police inspector and a few other people have been recorded, he said, adding that this is first round of questioning and there will be more rounds.
He said samples of the broken railway track have been brought to Kanpur and are being sent for examination to the Research Designs and Standards Organisation's (RDSO) laboratory.
A 12-member team of Government Railway Police (GRP) personnel has also been formed to investigate the derailment.
On being told that the GRP had registered FIRs against unknown people and is also investigating the matter, Acharya said he had nothing to do with the GRP's probe.

  
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