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Bihar train accident: Visual probe of the most affected coaches

The Indian Railways on Thursday ordered a high-level inquiry into the derailment of the Delhi-Kamakhya North East Express in Bihar’s Buxar district, which led to the death of four passengers and left 70 others injured. It also led to the cancellation of two trains and the diversion of 21 trains.

The accident took place at 9:53 pm when the 12506 Northeast Express, running from Anand Vihar Terminal in Delhi to Kamakhya Junction in Guwahati, was close to Raghunathpur railway station, about 40 kilometres from Buxar.

The 23-coach train had departed from Anand Vihar Terminal in Delhi at 7:40 am on Wednesday for its nearly 33-hour journey to Kamakhya, about six kilometres away from Guwahati.

Upon visually investigating the aerial footage and corroborating it with the ground reporting, India Today TV has learnt that two out of 23 coaches were toppled while 17 were out of the track and only five of them were completely derailed. B7(13) and B8(14) were the bogies that suffered the most damage, and M1 and M2 coaches were the ones that were upturned.

India Today’s OSINT team geolocated the location of the derailment near Ragunathpur railway station using several indicators like a temple with a trident on top adjacent to the site. The check post of the railway office can also be seen in the footage, which was identified in the vicinity of the derailment site.

Restoration of the railway tracks at the incident site was on. Earlier, a scratch rake was dispatched from Patna to ferry passengers from the accident site, an official told news agency PTI. A scratch rake is a temporary rake with a similar configuration as the original train.

Trains that have been diverted onto alternate routes include — Pune-Danapur SF Express (12149), Patliputra SF Express (12141), Dibrugarh Rajdhani Express (12424), Vikramshila Express (12368), Kamakhya Express (15623), Guwahati Express (15633), Rajendra Nagar Terminal Tejas Rajdhani Express (12310), Bhagalpur Garib Rath Express (22406), among others.

WHAT HAPPENED WITH KAVACH?

While it is not clear what caused the derailment, it is certain that Kavach was not active on this route. Kavach, an indigenous system, was developed by the Indian Railways to prevent train accidents due to driver error or other factors.

According to the East Central Railway’s Kavach feasibility report, the Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay-Manpur-Pradhankhunta section is under Kavach, which comes under the Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay-Dhanbad section of the Delhi-Howrah route.

The section measures 408.75 kilometres and passes through Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand and runs parallel to major rivers like Ganga. However, the Delhi-Kamakhya North East Express was not planned under Kavach or Train Collision Avoidance System (TCAS).

Map showing the Bihar Kavach route. (Source: Feasibility Report- Kavach)

The recent train derailment serves as a grim reminder of the tragic Balasore train accident in Odisha that occurred earlier this year, claiming the lives of nearly 300 people. The collision was so severe that the remains of several passengers were disfigured, making it nearly impossible for authorities to identify them.

Four months since the incident, 28 bodies remained unidentified, which were cremated by the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Wednesday.

Edited By:

Prateek Chakraborty

Published On:

Oct 13, 2023

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