The “root cause” of the tragic three-train accident in Odisha killing more than 260 people has been identified, Union railway minister Ashwini Vaishaw said on Sunday, adding that the details will be revealed soon.
Speaking to news agency ANI, the railway minister at the crash site in Odisha’s Balasore district where he is overseeing restoration work told reporters that the commissioner of railway safety will soon submit the report on the cause of the accident.
“We have identified the cause of the incident and the people responsible for it... It happened due to a change in electronic interlocking. Right now our focus is on restoration,” Vaishnaw said, as quoted by news agency ANI.
In one of the worst railway tragedies of the country, on Friday night two trains derailed and collided, killing at least 261 people and injuring nearly 1,000 more.
The trains that derailed were the Shalimar-Chennai Central Coromandel Express and Bengaluru-Howrah Superfast Express, while a stationery goods train was also involved in the accident as the Coromandel Express collided with it.
The incident has raised demands for the resignation of Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw.
BDST: 1257 HRS, JUN 4, 2023