A preliminary enquiry into the derailment of the New Farakka Express has indicated that it went off the tracks as a mechanical installation which guides trains from one track to the other had failed to respond, according to a report.
The report of the Commission of Railway Safety (CRS) released Tuesday suggested the reason behind the derailment was that it was given a green signal despite the point failure. A point is at the juncture of two tracks – only when it creates a path for the train, a signal is given to it to go ahead. In this case, despite the point failure, the train was given a green signal, the report suggested.
The commissioner of railway safety, who is investigating the accident, has recommended that the railways should decide a reasonable time as well as reasonable number of attempts after which a point, not responding to the command given from contrail panel, is to be declared as failed. Read More
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