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Human error caused mishap: Railways

April 21, 2005 12:02 IST
Last Updated: April 21, 2005 16:47 IST

The Western Railway on Thursday said the train accident at Samlaya involving the Sabarmati Express, in which 17 people were killed, was caused by the 'mistake' of two railway employees.

"[The] accident was avoidable. Our staff have committed this mistake," Western Railway General Manager M Z Ansari told reporters at the site.

Asked if there was any possibility of sabotage since a jack-bolt was found broken, he said the accident could not have happened merely because of that.

"The signal was also off. The signal maintainer and his helper came and then ran away. It means it is their mistake," Ansari said.

The mechanical interlocking system for signalling was also disturbed. "There would be no signal unless the line was clear. Here the signal was off. It means the system was disturbed. It seems the maintenance staff did not follow the correct procedure. After inspecting the site and position of the lever, we can say that it is due to their mistake," the official said.

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Sub: Human error..

Human error is the modus operandi of everything Indian. Apparently it's more convenient to employ illiterate dim-wits rather than computer controlled equipment. Then again it's ...

Posted by bodh

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it is diffcult to eliminate completely the human error angle to serious train accidents as even with lastest technology, which the railways are grearing up ...

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We have Lalu as railway minister by human error, so we should be prepared for human errors. Lalu's track record is worst, three big accidents ...

Posted by Atindra Shukla

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The goods train in question was the Container Rajadhani (ConRaj). Most probably, the Sabarmati was to overtake the Conraj at Samalya. The Sabarmati was supposed ...

Posted by Vrijilesh Rai

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dear sir Reason for this tragic accident has been attributed to human error. Three possibilities are given by the railway authorities. After going through the ...

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