Train accident: Another major train accident was averted on Sunday as the railway staff noticed a huge crack on the base of a coach above the wheel on the Chennai Egmore Express while entering Sengottai station in Tamil Nadu, informed the Southern Railway. After the railway staff, noticed the damage at 3:36 pm, the particular coach (S3) immediately detached the coach and accommodated the passengers in other coaches. Following a one-and-a-half-hour delay, the train left for Madurai at 4:40 pm.
The Southern Railway said the staff who detected the crack will be appreciated for vigil watch and awarded by Divisional Railway Manager, Madurai Division today. "Yesterday at 3:36 pm a crack was noticed by C&W staff in the S3 coach of train No 16102 (Chennai Egmore Express) while entering Sengottai station in Tamil Nadu. Railway officials immediately detached the coach and accommodated the passengers in other coaches after which the train left at 4:40 pm. The staff who detected the crack will be appreciated for vigil watch and awarded by Divisional Railway Manager, Madurai Division today," Southern Railway said in a statement.
Odisha train accident
Earlier on June 2, as many as 275 people were killed and over 1,000 injured in an accident, after three trains collided in Odisha's Balasore. Three trains— Shalimar-Chennai Coromandel Express, Bengaluru-Howrah super fast and a goods train — were involved in the pile-up on Friday, being described as one of India’s worst train accidents. The Coromandel Express rammed into a stationary goods train and many of its carriages overturned including some onto another train, the Bengaluru-Howrah superfast express, which was also passing by at the same time on Friday.
The train collision involving Shalimar-Chennai Central Coromandel Express, Bengaluru-Howrah Superfast Express and a goods train is regarded as one of the worst railway tragedies in the history of the country.
Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw asserted that Railway Board is recommending a CBI probe into the Balasore Train Tragedy. “We have recommended a CBI probe into the triple train accident that claimed 275 lives and left over 1,000 injured,” Vaishnaw told reporters in Bhubaneswar on Sunday evening.