February 27, 2024

After seeing flaws in a practice coach’s chassis, vigilant railway employees in Tamil Nadu averted a colossal disaster. The officers shortly withdrew the broken coach from the Kollam-Chennai Specific. A couple of days prior, a extreme railway catastrophe in Odisha claimed the lives of 288 individuals and injured 1,200 extra. The Balasore tragedy, now the deadliest crash in Indian historical past, is beneath investigation. It has been steered that the investigation be handed off to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). 

The cracks have been present in Tamil Nadu on Sunday night time as a rolling inventory inspection was finished on the Sengottai Railway Station. The occupants have been instantly moved to a neighbouring coach whereas the ill-equipped S3 coach was shortly severed from the practice.  The issue triggered a one-hour delay within the departure of the Kollam-Chennai Specific from Sengotai. On the following cease in Madurai, one other coach was added onto the practice to substitute the S3 coach that had been eliminated.

Particulars of the Averted Catastrophe

The S3 carriage of practice No. 16102  produced a rupture when it entered Sengottai station in Tamil Nadu at 3:36 p.m. on Sunday. The fracture was developed when the practice crossed the Punalur Forest Division. The practice left at 4:40 p.m. after railway personnel promptly separated the coach and positioned the passengers in different coaches.

 Based on a press release from Southern Railway, the divisional railway supervisor for the Madurai Division will acknowledge and reward the work members who found the crack. In the meantime, the Indian Railways restarted operations on the disaster-affected monitor in Odisha after the quadruple practice disaster in Balasore. 

(Picture of the crack within the Kollam-Chennai Specific, sourced from NDTV)

Based on sources, the cracked coach could have offered a critical menace if it had continued travelling at a quicker pace. Between Tenkasi and Virudhunagar, the practice is allowed to go at a charge of 100 kilometres per hour and 110 km/h past that. 

Related Incidents Detected on the Route

An analogous incident occurred on the path to Chennai when the locomotive controllers of the Kanyakumari-Chennai Egmore Specific noticed two truck tires positioned on the railway monitor early on Saturday morning and progressively delayed the practice. Consequently, a extreme accident was prevented. Regardless of the locomotive ramming into the tires, authorities mentioned it was at a comparatively slower pace, and in consequence, not one of the passengers have been damage.

The super-fast practice arrived at Trichy at about 12:30 am on its strategy to Chennai. Round 1:05 am, when the practice was leaving Valadi station, the loco pilot noticed a black merchandise on the rail and slammed the brakes. The practice was obtained by two giant tires stacked on prime of each other, which sure miscreants positioned in an act of sabotage. The locomotive struck the tires, which then got here to a fast halt close by. The locomotive and one of many tires turned entangled, chopping the practice’s energy provide.

(Image of the tire disaster on the Kanyakumari-Chennai Egmore Express route, sourced from India Today)
(Picture of the tire catastrophe on the Kanyakumari-Chennai Egmore Specific route, sourced from India At present)

Manish Agarwal, the divisional railway supervisor (DRM) for Tiruchy, praised the loco pilot for appearing shortly to avert a catastrophic tragedy. The incident triggered a 34-minute and 12-minute delay for the Nellai Specific and Muthu Nagar Specific at Lalgudi.

A possible catastrophe was largely prevented as a result of railway officers’ alertness and immediate response. This incident occurred simply at some point after the horrible railway disaster in Balasore, Odisha, which claimed the lives of many.