Derailment probe: Kanpur-Jhansi track videographed

General Manager of North-Central Railway Arun Saxena on Sunday said that Railways have videographed the entire Kanpur-Jhansi track and that an investigation will be conducted by the Commissioner of Railway Safety.

By Author  |  Published: 20th Nov 2016  3:29 pm
Derailment
Rescuers work on the site of a train derailment accident in Kanpur Dehat, India, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016. Many were killed Sunday when 14 coaches of an overnight passenger train rolled off the track in northern India, with rescue workers using cutting torches to try to pull out survivors, police said.Photo: AP.

Pukhrayan (Kanpur Dehat): Railways have videographed the entire Kanpur-Jhansi track to ascertain the reasons for the derailment of the Indore-Patna Express that has left more than 100 people dead.

General Manager of North-Central Railway Arun Saxena told reporters here that an investigation will be conducted by the Commissioner of Railway Safety.

Asked if someone could have tampered with the tracks, he said the Commissioner of Railway Safety, who will arrive here from Kolkata on Monday, would be able to provide an answer to it.
“Anyone with further evidence or statements can approach the Commissioner to record his statement,” he said.

“We did videography of the whole track for scrutiny,” he added.

The S1 and S2 coaches of the train bore the major brunt of the damage as the bogies smashed into each other.

The whereabouts of the ticket collectors and staff in the two coaches is also not known, Saxena said, noting that a third AC coach, BE, also suffered damage.

Two other coaches, S3 and S4, also went off track, but did not suffer serious damage, Saxena said.

Saxena said it would take 36 hours for the Kanpur-Jhansi track to be restored, with 300 engineers and technical staff deployed.

More than 100 people have been killed and over 200 injured in the disaster.