Team inspects wheels and inside of the sealed S-I coach

Investigation into the tragic incident at Gotlam, near here, in which eight passengers, including two minors were mowed down by Rayagada-Vijayawada passenger, on Saturday evening, has begun. Commissioner (Railway Safety) Sudarshan Naik from Kolkota along with a team of technical experts arrived here at 10am on Monday to go into the reasons, particularly, why passengers pulled the alarm chain that led to the major mishap.

In a brief talk with the media, Mr. Naik said the team of experts would ascertain whether or not smoke from washroom of S-1 coach of Allapuza-Dhanbad (Bokaro Express) train emanated due to short circuit and any other reasons that led to pulling of alarm chain. He said that the team would meticulously probe all aspects, including recording of statements of witnesses, and it would take some time to conclude the investigation.

Earlier, he and the experts’ team inspected wheels and inside of the sealed S-1 coach of Bokaro Express that was chugged back on to platform-5 from Rayagada where it was detached from the express train on Saturday night. The team of officials went to the mishap spot at Gotlam East Cabin and inspected the rail tracks. The S-1 coach was shunted to Visakhapatnam railway station. Visakhapatnam Divisional Railway Manager Anil Kumar and other top railway officials accompanied him.

Passengers panicked by rumours that smoke billowing from S-1 coach of Bokaro Express train jumped on to the adjacent track after someone pulled the alarm chain. At the same moment, the speeding Rayagada-Vijayawada passenger train on the adjacent track that was invisible due to sharp bend ran over them.