MAYNAGURI/NEW DELHI: The preliminary probe by railways into the train derailment at Maynaguri in North Bengal points to a serious failure in the locomotive that triggered the application of emergency brake by the loco pilot and the consequent derailment of the train travelling at nearly 95kmph.
Though the Commission of Railway Safety (CRS) has started a probe, railway minister Ashwini Vaishnaw - who visited the site on Friday - said the preliminary inquiry indicated a glitch in locomotive equipment.
"...It appears a sudden failure in equipment led to the accident," Vaishnaw said, adding that the CRS was conducting an inquiry to find the root-cause. He told reporters that the issue was with the locomotive's equipment not with speed restrictions or tracks.
"There will be marks on the equipment. Only after dismantling it and studying those marks, the reason behind the accident can be ascertained," Vaishnaw said. Northeast Frontier Railway officials said one of the four traction motors fitted to the undercarriage of the locomotive had got partially dislodged and were dragged for 700m before the train came to a halt. Loco pilot Pradip Kumar told TOI that he had feared a crack in the rail had caused the locomotive to derail and had instinctively applied the emergency brake.
(With inputs from Dipak Dash)