Indore-Patna Express Derails In Train Accident

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Indore-Patna Express Derails In Train Accident


On 20 November 2016, the Fourteen coaches of the Indore-Patna Express had derailed in Kanpur Dehat at Pukhrayan district of Uttar Pradesh early Sunday morning at 3:07 A.M.

The driver of the Indore-Patna Express witnessed “the equipment shaking” and “felt a jerk” both out of the ordinary occurrences and applied the emergency brakes, show official Railways records of the worst train accident in recent years that killed 150 people and injured over 200.

The high damage in part due to sleeping passengers caught unawares and the older coaches in train. Two of coaches, S2 and S3, bore the brunt of the crash.


Reason of collision

The Rail crack due to expansion of the track in summer and contraction in winter has identified as the likely cause of the collision that happened at Hasemau village, between Pukhraya and Malasa stations. If confirmed, it could point to insufficiencies in track management.
The train had 23 coaches, including 12 sleeper coaches, three general seating coaches, four AC3, one AC1 and two SLR rakes. The driver and guard both are safe their account can help the commissioner of rail safety piece events together.

The residents of Pukhrayan reached the spot within 30 minutes of the accident. The train runs between Rajendra Nagar Terminal and Indore and passes through the Varanasi, Faizabad, and Kanpur, along with 17 stops.


An Army team and NDRF personnel from Varanasi and Lucknow reached the site to speed up the rescue operations. Besides, police teams from neighboring Orai and Kanpur districts also deployed. Rail traffic on the crucial Kanpur-Jhansi section that links UP to MP and Maharashtra remained affected till the filing of the report. Many trains have either canceled or diverted.
The accident scene was not for the feeble hearted. Villagers said they removed more than the 25 bodies.

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  • Official communication accessed by The Indian Express driver Jalat Sharma and chief loco inspector P D Yadav. Told that to railway officers that the train was running at a speed of 110 km per hour when the accident happened. They told that there was no problem during the run, except around the time that it happened to cross the Pukhrayan section, 60 km from Kanpur.
  • Fourteen coaches of the train traveling with more than 500 passengers. Rolled off track a little after 3 am in Pukhrayan, 60 km from Kanpur when most passengers were sleeping.
  • The coaches crushed up against each other and rescue workers trying to cut through crumpled metal to pull out trapped passengers.
  • Many bodies were pulled out from the two coaches that fell on the side, said by the senior police officer Daljeet Singh Choudhary. Hours after the crash, a team of the Army workers, doctors joined some 250 rescue workers.
  • Many survivors did move to a nearby town so that they can leave by trains.
  • The number of deaths will rise because rescuers have not been able to access one of the coaches.
  • P.M Narendra Modi said he was “anguished behind words” and added that he had talked to Railways Minister. Suresh Prabhu who was surveillance the situation closely.
  • Suresh Prabhu said he had ordered an inquiry. And the “strictest possible action has been taken against those who is responsible for this accident.”
  • Indian Railways is the world fourth largest network, ferrying more than 20 million each day. Another train collision in Uttar Pradesh in March last year left 39 dead and injured 150.

Nikhil Pillai

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