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How did the goods train collide with the Kanchenjunga Express? People lost their lives due to pilot error or signal, so far 9 people have died

Nita Yadav

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The train accident in West Bengal once again raised the question why did this happen? Railway Board Chairperson Jaya Verma said that the accident took place at around 8.55 am. The primary cause of the accident is said to be signal violation by the driver of the goods train, due to which the goods train hit the Kanchenjunga Express standing on the track from behind. He said that the loco pilot and assistant loco pilot of the goods train were killed in the accident, while the guard of the Kanjanjunga Express was also killed.

A railway source was quoted as saying that the automatic signaling system between Ranipani railway station and Chhatar Haat Junction in West Bengal is not working properly. If sources are to be believed, there was a malfunction in the automatic signaling system from 5.50 am. “Train No. 13174 (Sealdah Kanchenjunga Express) departed from Rangpani station at 8:27 am and stopped between Ranipatra railway station and Chhatar Hat due to automatic signaling failure.” The accident took place at 8.55 minutes and the railway got the information at 9.01 am.

According to a railway official, when the automatic signaling system fails, the station master issues a written authorization called ‘TA 912’, which gives the driver the right to cross all red signals in that section due to the failure. Sources said the station master at Ranipatra had issued TA 912 for train number 13174 (Sealdah Kanchenjunga Express).

Was the goods train named ‘TA 912’?

According to a railway official, a goods train named GFCJ left Rangpani around the same time at 8:42 am and collided with the rear of train number 13174, resulting in derailment of one guard coach, two parcel coaches and one general coach. descended from However, an investigation will now tell whether the goods train was given a ‘TA 912’ to cross the bad signal at high speed or the loco pilot violated the bad signal rule.

Loko Pilot organization raised questions

If the goods train was not given TA 912, the driver had to stop the train for one minute at each failed signal and proceed at a speed of 10 kmph. At the same time, the People’s Pilot Association has questioned the railway’s statement that the driver had violated the railway signal. Indian Railway Loco Runningmen’s Organization (IRLRO) executive president Sanjay Pandi said that holding the loco pilot responsible after the death of the loco pilot and pending CRS investigation is highly objectionable.

The rain became a disaster

According to railway sources, it was raining heavily in the area at the time of the train accident. In such a situation, it is possible that the driver could not see the red light of the signal due to rain and moved on. It is also possible that the automatic signal system is not working properly. In such a situation, the goods train driver could not follow the manual signal system. However, Kanchenjunga Express was standing ahead on the same track, whose driver had followed all the rules properly.

What is the status of ‘shield’?

According to the Railway Board, the ‘Kavach’ system is being used on a large scale in the country. It is being established in many ways. As far as this route is concerned, this system is not installed here at present. A shield has been planned on the Delhi-Guwahati route. Currently, Kavach is working on 1,500 kilometers of tracks in the country. It is claimed that 3,000 kilometers will be armored this year and another 3,000 kilometers are planned next year. For this, armor suppliers have been asked to increase production. Bengal (Delhi Howrah route) is also included in the 3,000 km to be armored this year.

Nita Yadav

Nita Yadav

I am Nita Yadav, specializing in writing about politics and breaking national news. My focus is on delivering insightful and timely perspectives on these crucial topics, aiming to inform and engage my readers effectively.

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