CRS Bangalore launch probe into Chennai Egmore-Mangalore express derailment

Chennai Egmore Mangalore derailmentTiruchi: The Commissioner of Railway Safety (CRS), Bengaluru, S.K.Mittal, launched an inquiry into the Chennai Egmore-Mangalore express train derailment near Vriddhachalam on Friday.

Accompanied by the Additional General Manager, Southern Railway, R.Venkadasamy, Tiruchi Divisional Railway Manager A.K.Agarwal and other senior officers, the CRS inspected the accident spot. The CRS inquiry would be in depth to ascertain the cause of the accident – the first major one to be reported in the jurisdiction of Tiruchi Railway Division in the current financial year, the sources said.

Restoration work

Top railway sources said about 100 personnel from the engineering department and 30 from the electrical side were involved in the massive restoration works that commenced a few hours after the accident.

About 500 metres of track had been damaged due to the derailment which also caused damage to five overhead electrical equipment masts in the energised section, a top railway officer said.

A couple of tower wagons were pressed into service for the overhead power restoration work. Railway officials said the operation would be completed by 8 p.m.

Railway sources said the three air-conditioned coaches which derailed were re-railed at different time intervals by the technical personnel. The other two coaches that moved out of the track could not be re-railed, the sources added.