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UP train mishap not due to emergency brakes: Railways

July 12, 2011 13:51 IST

The Railways on Tuesday said the derailment of the Kalka Mail in Fatehpur two days ago, which claimed 68 lives, did not take place either due to emergency brakes being applied or because of a turning point.

"From the inquiry so far, it is clear that the accident did not take place either due to emergency brakes or the turning point used to connect the tracks," said General Manager of North Central Railway Harish Chandra Joshi.

The cause of the accident was a matter of detailed investigation and would be clear only after a probe into the incident, he said.

The GM, who took stock of the relief and rescue work at the derailment site, said the inquiry into the derailment would be done by another department so that the real picture could come to light.

At least 68 people were killed and 249 injured when 15 bogies of a speeding Delhi-bound Kalka Mail derailed near Malwan station in Fatehpur on Sunday afternoon.

According to preliminary investigations, the signals were functioning normally and the fish plates on the tracks were intact.

The train was moving at nearly 108 km/ph when the accident occurred.

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