Andhra train accident, collision likely due to human error, 13 dead and 50 injured

Andhra train accident, collision likely due to human error, 13 dead and 50 injured

Andhra train accident, collision likely due to human error, 13 dead and 50 injured

Following the tragic train accident in Andhra Pradesh, the death toll has sadly risen to 13 with four more casualties reported by Vizianagaram Superintendent of Police on Monday. Seven of the deceased have been identified, while efforts to identify the remaining victims are still underway. A total of 54 people were injured in the accident, of which 39 were admitted to Vizianagaram hospital and the rest were treated at other medical facilities.

Andhra train accident, collision likely due to human error, 13 dead and 50 injured
Rescue team saving injured people after the accident photo : TheFederalNews

The incident took place on Sunday when a coach derailed after a collision between two trains in Vizianagaram district. The consequences were severe, causing authorities to respond immediately.

Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnav on 'X' :

Union Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnav shared updates on the ongoing rescue operations. He revealed that the front 11 coaches of the 08532 Visakhapatnam-Palasa passenger train were pulled back to the next station, Alamanda, Vizianagaram, while the nine rear coaches of the 08504 Visakhapatnam-Rayagada passenger train were pulled back to the previous station, Kantakapalle. Notably, as per their latest communication, everything was cleared at the accident site, except the derailed and affected coaches.

Vaishnav also stressed that the rescue operation is actively going on, with all the passengers having been successfully shifted to safe place. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had reviewed the situation and held discussions with Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, the state government and the Railways. Coordination among these teams was crucial in managing the crisis.

Preliminary information suggests that human error, specifically overshoot of the signal by the Visakhapatnam-Rayagada train, was the probable cause of the collision. The consequences of this error have had far-reaching implications for rail services across India.

The Railway Ministry informed via Twitter that as a result of this tragic accident, several trains were either diverted, canceled or short-terminated. The situation prompted the Railways to share seven bulletins on Twitter, giving detailed information about rail services affected by the incident.

Ashwini Vaishnav announced a compensation :

Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnav announced a compensation of ₹10 lakh in case of death, ₹2.5 lakh for serious injuries and ₹50,000 for minor injuries.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi response:

In response to this tragic incident, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's office addressed the public, stating that he has assessed the situation and has spoken to Ashwini Vaishnav. The Prime Minister's Office stressed that officials are providing all possible assistance to the affected persons and expressed the Prime Minister's heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families.

Prayers and wishes for speedy recovery were also expressed for those injured in this tragic incident.

──── End ────