Today, India’s Railway Minister, Ashwini Vaishnaw declared that the cause and entity behind the nation’s most terrible train crash in many years have been determined. He pointed out that an electronic signal system was to blame without disclosing any more information. The number of fatalities from Friday’s incident near Balasore, Odisha is anticipated to go beyond 288.
Ashwini mentioned that the accident was caused by the transformations introduced by the electronic interlocking system. This is a specific terminology for a sophisticated system of signals with the primary purpose of avoiding train crashes when they share certain tracks.
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The accurate timeline of the events was unclear, however, the railway officials claimed that a signalling miscalculation sent the Coromandel Express from Kolkata to Chennai on a side track.
Disaster struck when a freight train and an express running from Bengaluru to Kolkata collided. The impact of the collision resulted in the derailment of the northbound express, leaving behind a trail of destruction.
Pradeep Jena, the Chief Secretary of Odisha, affirmed that close to 900 injured individuals were brought to hospitals.