A devastating train collision in the southeastern state of Andhra Pradesh, India, has resulted in a rising death toll, with 13 people losing their lives, and 39 others sustaining injuries. The accident, which occurred on a fateful Sunday, has left investigators suspecting human error as the root cause of this tragic incident.
The catastrophic event unfolded when the Visakhapatnam-Rayagada passenger train came to a halt due to a break in an overhead cable. In a heart-wrenching turn of events, the Visakhapatnam-Palasa Express service collided with the stationary passenger train from the rear, leading to the derailment of two carriages of the stationary train.
Nagalakshmi S., a senior government official in the district where this tragic accident took place, shared with Reuters that more than 90 individuals were on board the two coaches that bore the brunt of the collision. Regrettably, the death toll has risen to 13, and 39 people are grappling with injuries as they seek medical care and support.
In a preliminary investigation, the railway ministry revealed that “human error” appeared to be the catalyst for this devastating incident. It was determined that an “overshooting of signal” by the Visakhapatnam-Rayagada train was a critical factor leading up to the collision.
In a heartening development, an Andhra Pradesh fire services officer confirmed that, as of early Monday, no passengers remained at the accident site. The rescue and recovery efforts have been swift, with all passengers accounted for and receiving the necessary assistance.
This tragic incident has struck a chord with many, particularly in the context of India’s state-run railway system, which experienced its worst crash in two decades not long ago, resulting in the loss of 292 lives.
Indian Railways, recognized as the fourth-largest rail network globally, is currently undergoing a significant transformation. With a $30 billion investment, the railway network is poised for a modernization journey that includes new trains and contemporary stations, promising improved safety measures and enhanced travel experiences for passengers.
As India grapples with the aftermath of this heart-wrenching train collision, the nation’s commitment to enhancing its railway infrastructure remains steadfast, aiming to prevent such devastating incidents in the future.