June 4, 2023

INDIA: Nearly 300 People Died In Horrific Train Crash That Involved Two Passenger Trains And A Freight Train. India's Deadliest Rail Accidents In 2 Decades. Anti-Collision System Wasn't Installed.

Sky News Australia published June 3, 2023: Nearly 300 dead in Indian train crash. At least 288 people have been killed after two passenger trains were involved in a crash in eastern India on Friday. It's one of the country's deadliest rail accidents in over two decades.
Here is a transcript of an important excerpt from the reporting above, "Train SAFETY STANDARDS in India are ONCE AGAIN under the microscope. The government has made improvements but human error and OUTDATED SIGNALING ARE STILL MAJOR ISSUES and with 12 million people traveling on 14,000 trains every day, it is a system under pressure." Now, wouldn't you think safety would be the priority? Especially since the Socialist government forces everyone into public transportation. Because well the Socialist government makes it so the people can't really afford to own personal transportation. People living in socialist countries or cities have no choice but to use public transportation.
Reuters published June 4, 2023: India rail minister supervises crash restoration. Railway minister Ashwini Vaishaw visited the site of India's worst train crash in decades as investigations into the cause of the disaster began.
Channel 4 News published June 3, 2023: More than 280 dead after three-train crash in India. Rescuers have found no more survivors in the wreckage of three trains that crashed in eastern India. It's the country's deadliest rail disaster in twenty years, killing more than 280 people and injuring many hundreds more.
Here is a transcript of an important excerpt from the reporting above, "India has one of the largest and busiest rail networks in the world used by 13 million people daily. But modern trains run on aging infrastructure. An anti-collision system wasn't installed on the route where the tragedy occurred." You would think authorities would make sure all tracks had this most important anti-collision system installed. Crazy that they did not make this a priority to have upgraded if it was available to them. It's like a mechanic knowing the brakes on your car are worn out but doesn't bother to convince you to repair and let's you drive away. How would that make you feel? Well, imagine how these Indian people feel after the people in charge of their daily transportation didn't bother to ensure their safety?  That's what Socialists do, cut corners, have low standards, and mismanage money. They have no integrity. Just look at the quality of life for people who live under Socialist / Communist jurisdiction. (emphasis mine)
BBC News, UK
written by Soutik Biswas in Delhi and Adam Durbin in London
Sunday June 4, 2023

India's railway minister has suggested a signal fault led to the Odisha rail disaster, with a "change in electronic interlocking" the likely cause.

Ashwini Vaishnaw later said the cause and people responsible for the deadly three-train crash in eastern India had been identified but did not elaborate.

India's Railway Board said there had been "some kind of signalling interference" rather than failure.

A report into India's worst rail accident this century is due later.

Meanwhile the death toll has been revised down to 275 after some bodies were counted twice, officials said.

Of the 1,175 injured people taken to hospital, 793 have been discharged. Some families are still searching for their loved ones.

In railway signalling the electronic interlocking system sets routes for each train in a set area, ensuring the safe movement of trains along the track.

The crash saw a passenger train collide with a stationary goods train and derail, after being wrongly directed onto a loop track by the side of the main line. Derailed carriages then struck the rear carriages of a second passenger train passing in the opposite direction.

At a press conference on Sunday, Jaya Verma Sinha from India's Railway Board said both passenger trains had approached a Balasore district station under a green signal - indicating it was safe - within seconds of each other at the correct speed of under 130kph (81mph).

She said the passenger trains had been supposed to pass each other on the main lines but the Coromandel Express rammed into an iron ore-laden freight train on the loop line, causing the engine and some coaches to lift over the top of the heavy goods carriages.

The passenger train took the entire impact on collision and the freight train was not derailed, or even moved, she told reporters.

The Howrah Superfast Express had nearly crossed in the opposite direction, but two of its rear coaches were struck by the derailed Coromandel Express.

Ms Verma Sinha said there was "no issue with the electronic interlocking system" and said investigations indicated "some kind of a signalling interference" rather than failure.

"Whether it was manual, whether it was incidental, whether it was weather related, whether it was because of wear and tear related, whether it was a maintenance failure, all that will come out after the inquiry," she added.

Infrastructure expert Partha Mukhopadhyay told the BBC it should not be possible for green signals to display on the main line if the track is set for the loop.

"Signal interlocking is supposed to be failsafe and this level of failure is quite unprecedented," Mr Mukhopadhyay, from the Delhi-based think tank Centre for Policy Research, said.

On Saturday Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the crash scene and vowed that anyone found guilty would be "punished stringently".

Around 2,000 people are thought to have been on board the two passenger trains - the Coromandel Express, travelling between Kolkata (formerly Calcutta) and Chennai (formerly Madras) and the Howrah Superfast Express travelling from Yesvantpur to Howrah - when the crash happened at about at about 19:00 (13:30 GMT) on Friday.

Odisha state official Pradeep Jena told the BBC that at least 187 bodies remained unidentified and officials were uploading pictures of the victims on government websites and would carry out DNA testing if needed.

Rescue work was completed on Saturday and efforts were underway to clear wreckage and restart train traffic, officials said.

India has one of the largest train networks in the world with millions of passengers using it daily, but a lot of the railway infrastructure needs improving.

Trains in India can get very packed at this time of year, with a growing number of people travelling during school holidays.

The country's worst train disaster was in 1981, when an overcrowded passenger train was blown off the tracks and into a river during a cyclone in Bihar state, killing about 800 people.

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