India Train Accident May 2012 – SELaplana

A passenger train in India slammed into the stopped freight train resulting to the death of at least 25 people and injuring dozens more, on Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 3:15AM (local time).

The freight train was on a stop at a station at Penukonda in Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh state in Southern India.

The passenger train, Hampi Express, was travelling overnight heading to Bangalore City. As it approaches the Penukonda station, the driver of the train noticed that another train, the freight train, which was currently parked at the station, was on the same track of the Hampi Express, he immediately took the emergency braking system of the train.

The sudden application of the brake and the collision caused the first coach to get fire, trapping or burning 16 people inside it. The following two coaches were derailed.

The fire that caught the first coach was controlled by fire-fighters in three hours. Few passengers were charred by the fire and others were suffering burns.

People trapped in the over-turned coaches were rescued by rescuers and were treated.

But authorities were expecting that the number of those who died will increase.

The Cause of the Accident

Authorities are still investigating the cause of the accident, whether it is a driver error or a system error.

Experts, however, said that the driver of the Hampi Express mistook the signal which is supposed to be for the first train and followed it until the train collided to the first train to take the track.

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