THE COMMISSIONER, Railway Safety, on Tuesday held an inquiry into the derailment of the Kalka-Shimla toy train near Parwanoo on September 12.
The suspended driver, assistant driver of the train and other railway officials deposed before Commissioner S K Pathak. The commissioner also visited the site of the accident and met two injured passengers who are still in hospital.
Two British nationals had been killed and 13 injured when three coaches of chartered Kalka-Shimla toy train derailed around 10 minutes after it left Kalka station.
A passenger provided video recording of the incident which has been taken on record. The recording indicates that the train was plying at a high speed.
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A senior railway official said that the commissioner had called everyone he felt would have inputs about how the accident occurred. Several officials from the Kalka Railway Station were present at the inquiry. Train driver Dhan Singh and assistant driver Sanjay Kumar recorded their statements. Representatives of the British High Commission appeared before the commissioner to give their inputs.
Following the accident, the passengers had claimed that the train was plying at a high speed. The maximum speed that is allowed on the Kalka-Shimla narrow gauge tracks is 25 kilometres per hour. While proposals were earlier mooted to increase the speed limit, these were turned down due to curves on the track.
The commission will analyse whether speeding happened by calculating the distance covered by the train. As per sources, a graph is made in the engine as the train plies that can tell about the speed of the train. This will also be analysed.
Accompanied by senior officials, the commissioner visited the site where the train had derailed. He inspected the damaged coaches of the toy train. The measurements of the train that were provided by the railway officials to him were verified on the spot.
Later, the commissioner visited two passengers who suffered injuries and were admitted to Max Hospital in Mohali. Their statements were recorded. The Railways had earlier suspended three persons: the driver, assistant driver and guard.