Toy train derailment: Probe blames railway staff

The two women were part of a group of 37 British nationals who were on the chartered train when it derailed near Parwanoo on September 12.

Written by Adil Akhzer | Chandigarh | Published:October 16, 2015 11:42 am
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The probe into the derailment of the Kalka-Shimla toy train, which left two British women dead last month, has held railways staff responsible for the accident.

The two women were part of a group of 37 British nationals who were on the chartered train when it derailed near Parwanoo on September 12. Thirteen others were injured in the accident.

Officials in the Northern Railways said S K Pathak, Commissioner of Railway Safety, Northeast Frontier Circle, who held a “statutory” inquiry into the derailment, has blamed railway staff for the accident. “The provisional findings of the commissioner appended with his preliminary report the accident took place due to failure of railway staff. The findings are under the consideration of the government,” the report states.

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Sources said the railways will wait for the final report before taking action. “We will now wait for the final report to come so that we can take strict action against those officials named in the report,” said a senior official. Dinesh Kumar, Divisional Railway Manager, Ambala, confirmed to The Indian Express that the report has cited “overspeeding” as the cause of the accident.

Last month, after the incident, officials and eyewitnesses had alleged that the train driver was speeding at the time of the accident.

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