Railway safety commissioner begins probe into Samaleshwari Express mishap

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Rayagada: Commissioner of Railway Safety, North Frontier Circle, Kolkata, RK Sharma on Friday initiated a probe into Samaleshwari Express mishap in which three railway staff were killed.

Railway safety commissionerA team led by Sharma reached Rayagada today in a special train and visited the mishap site. He was accompanied by East Coast Railway (ECoR) chief security officer Sudhansu Sekhar Mishra and traffic officer BK Padhi.

Later, Sharma held discussion with Keutaguda station master about the mishap and visited the signal room. Besides, he also held discussion with signal guard and lineman at Keutaguda station.

He inspected the tracks and burnt railway engine and thoroughly inquired about the mishap with all employees of Keutaguda railway station.

Sharma later reached the officers’ Rest House at 2 pm and separately discussed with 61 staff of railway about the mishap.

According to sources, the inquiry will be conducted for two days and hearing will be held at East Point rest house (classic), beach road, Chinna Waltair, Visakhapatnam tomorrow (June 29). Sharma will also meet Visakhapatnam DRM and hold a discussion, sources said.

Notably, three railway staff were killed after the engine of the 18005 Howrah-Jagdalpur Samaleshwari Express caught fire and derailed after it collided head-on with a tower car on June 25.

The ECoR had ordered an inquiry into the matter by Commissioner of Railway Safety, Kolkata, an independent statutory authority under the Ministry of Civil Aviation.

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