Hyderabad Train Collision: GRP books case against loco pilot

Preliminary investigation by South Central Railway officials hints at human error

By Author  |  Published: 12th Nov 2019  2:31 pmUpdated: 13th Nov 2019  12:44 am
Hyderabad Train Collision

Hyderabad: A day after the collision between the Lingampally-Falaknuma MMTS train and Hundry Intercity Express at Kacheguda railway station, the Government Railway Police (GRP) booked a case against the MMTS loco pilot after preliminary investigation by South Central Railway officials hinted at human error.

The preliminary probe revealed that the loco pilot overshot the signal resulting in the collision, leaving 17 people, including the pilot, injured. Based on a complaint lodged by Kacheguda Railway Station Master Dasharat, the police booked the case under Sections 337, 338 and 308 of the Indian Penal Code against the loco pilot, presently undergoing treatment at Care Hospital. The police will record the statement of the loco pilot once he recovers.

Statements of the station master and staff, who deal with the signaling systems, will also be recorded while video footage of the collision too will be examined.

A senior SCR official said on Tuesday that the Commissioner of Railway Safety would undertake a detailed inquiry and only then would the exact cause be ascertained. “It’s a human error and it is a complex phenomenon. Had he (loco pilot) carefully followed the signal, this would not have happened,” the official said adding the pilot had started the train without getting the signal.

“In spite of having sophisticated technologies, mistakes happen. It is the responsibility of the railways to ensure such incidents won’t occur in future,” the official said, adding that efforts would be made to refine technologies apart from conducting inspections and working methodologically.

Statutory inquiry today

A statutory inquiry into the train collision will be conducted from 10.30 am on Wednesday at the station superintendent’s chambers at the Kacheguda railway station.

Commissioner of Railway Safety (South Central Circle) Ram Kripal will conduct the inquiry. Public having knowledge about the collision and matters connected with it can give evidence to the Commissioner. People can also write to Commissioner of Railway Safety, South Central Circle, Rail Nirman Bhavan, Sarojini Devi Road, Secunderabad-500025 or contact him on phone: 040-27820104.

The Commissioner will meet the railway staff at the Divisional Railway Manager’s conference hall from 3 pm.

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