Saturday, September 12, 2015

In 2015 alone, there have been eight train accidents due to derailment. Nearly 190 people have lost their lives in these accidents this year alone, with hundreds others injured, and thousands others displaced due to disrupted services and diverted trains.

Twin accidents in Harda district in Madhya Pradesh in August 2015.

Atleast two people have lost their lives, and eight others have been reported injured in the Mumbai-bound Duronto Express train accident on Saturday morning. The train derailed in Kalburgi, Karnataka in the wee hours of Saturday, September 12th.

Nine compartments of the Duronto Express derailed at Martur village station, about 20 kilometres from Kalburgi between 2.15 am and 2.20 am, the Kalburgi Superintendent of Police Amit Singh said.

This is the second train accident in the first 12 days of September alone. On September 4, atleast 42 people were injured after six coaches of the Chennai-Mangalore Express derailed in Tiruchi area near Poovanaur district in Tamil Nadu. While the incident did not account for any casualties, atleast three people were seriously injured, and train services to Chennai Egmore from south Tamil Nadu were disrupted for several hours due to the accident.

August accounted for a shocking twin train accident in Madhya Pradesh, where Kamayani Express from Mumbai to Varanasi, and Mumbai-Jabalpur Janata Express – derailed at a gap of seven minutes, about 30 kilometres from Harda district in Madhya Pradesh. Six coaches of Kamayani Express and three coaches, including the engine of Janata Express derailed as the base material of the train tracks was washed away after a sudden flash floods. 29 people lost their lives in the accident, and the central railway had cancelled 57 trains, while Western railways had cancelled 22 trains till the tracks were restored.

A top railway officer had later said that "Regular monsoon patroling was not being done between Khirki and Bhirangi section as the officials did not find it vulnerable to accidents in rainy season going by the past history."


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