Indore Patna Express wheels made strange sound, claims passenger

Over 100 passengers were killed and more than 200 injured, nearly half of them grievously, when 14 coaches of the Indore Patna Express derailed near Kanpur.

By: PTI | Indore | Published:November 20, 2016 5:07 pm
indore patna express, patna indore express, train accident, indore patna train accident, indore patna express accident, indore train derailed, train accident in up, kanpur train accident, train accident kanpur, india news The Indore Patna Express derailed just a little after 0300 hrs when the passengers were deep asleep and jolted as the train jumped off the tracks. (Express photo by Vishal Srivastav)

The wheels of the Indore Patna Express had made some strange sound, a passenger of the ill-fated train said on Sunday, claiming that he had also alerted a railway official about it. “I boarded (sleeper coach) S-2 of Indore Patna Express around 2 PM at Indore and after an hour I alighted at Ujjain on Saturday. I informed an officer in railway uniform in my coach about the strange sound of the wheels. But he didn’t take it seriously,” Prakash Sharma (35), a resident of Kherkheda village in MP’s Mandsaur district, told reporters.

He also said that he does not know the name of the official whom he contacted. “When the Indore Patna Express crossed MP’s Dewas district, I had informed him,” Sharma claimed. “I alighted from the train, 12 hours before it met with the accident, the news that has saddened me,” he added. Efforts failed to contact Ratlam Divisional Railway Manager Manoj Sharma to seek his comment over Prakash’s claim.

In the worst rail accident in recent years, over 100 passengers were killed and more than 200 injured, nearly half of them grievously, when 14 coaches of the Indore Patna Express derailed near Kanpur rural district early on Sunday due to suspected rail fracture.

The disaster took place just a little after 0300 hrs when the passengers were deep asleep and jolted as the train jumped off the tracks. Four ordinary sleeper coaches of the train – S1, S2, S3, S4- were badly damaged in the mishap. The S1 and S2 coaches had telescoped into each other and most of the casualties were feared to have been in these two compartments.

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    Nov 20, 2016 at 1:04 pm
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      Rabindra Kumar
      Nov 20, 2016 at 12:38 pm
      None is found serious even issue of safety.When a penger felt unusual sound at about 2am he informed to a rly personnel in his coach and alighted at Ujjain.After an hr accident occurred which couldn't have been avarted had action taken.Once while boarded a train Hajipur for Muzaffaupur fire caught in my coach.Pengers were few in number who sided to stay near toilet for safety.ACP didn't work.I telephoned SrDEN2 of the Sonpur division. He also got coach no on cell.Train stopped at Ramdayalunagar crossing two stn since then.I rushed to engine to ask to its driver if he has got any intimation about fire? No nothing like any sort.On reaching Muzaffarpur bogie thoroughly checked and addressed by electric staff.Bogie detached or not i don't recollect now.Think over it how much we attach importance to safety even while on wheels.Unfortunate. A phone no be made public to call even direct to board for safety if none listens you.
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