ODISHA Train Tragedy 

Highlights of the Odisha Train Crash: During the collision, one train rammed into the other so forcefully that the cars were lifted into the air and twisted before crashing off the rails. Another carriage's passenger portion had been crushed after being completely thrown onto its top.

The three-train pile-up at Balasore, Odisha, has been investigated by the Central Bureau of Investigation, according to the Railways Ministry in New Delhi. The tragedy on Friday, which is being called one of the deadliest in the nation, has claimed more than 270 lives.


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1} Ashwini Vaishnaw, the minister for railways, told reporters, "Taking into account all that happened and the information that the administration has, the Railways board has made a recommendation that the investigation be handed over to the CBI."

2) The horrifying accident, according to the minister, was caused by a change in "electronic interlocking," and he promised a report would soon expose all. "The point counter's settings were modified. The investigation report will detail how and why it was done. I'll only state that the criminal act's underlying cause and those accountable have been found," he added.

3) The Coromandel Express was involved in an accident and its engine and coach collided with a cargo train carrying iron ore that was waiting on one of the loop lines, according to the Railways, who claimed that this was caused by "signalling interference."

4)The Bengaluru-Howrah Superfast Express, which was coming at a high speed, was slammed by the coaches of the Coromandel Express, which were also flung into the third track as a result of the incident, according to the railways.

5) On the section where the disaster occurred, "Kavach," a locally created automatic train protection system, was not there. However, a railroads official claimed that even if the system had been in place, it would not have been effective in preventing such a catastrophe.

6) Critics have drawn attention to a railway audit report that identified several major safety violations. In September of last year, the report was presented to the legislature.

7) After the disaster, the administration came under fire from the opposition for the absence of safety precautions.  Former railway minister and current chief minister of Bengal, Mamata Banerjee, said that if the trains had an anti-collision system, the accident would have been avoided.

8) A criminal investigative agency is the CBI. Its responsibility is to look into offences. Not train mishaps & errors," Trinamool spokesman Saket Gokhale tweeted. He said that Mr. Vaishnaw should "resign or be divested of the Rail portfolio" to guarantee an impartial investigation, calling it a "brazen attempt" to protect the Railway Minister.

9) The Odisha government amended the number of fatalities in the triple train catastrophe on Sunday, dropping it from 288 to 275, and increased the number of wounded people to 1,175 in the process. According to the statistics, it is the third worst train accident in the nation.

10) India, which has one of the largest rail networks in the world, has had several catastrophes throughout the years. The deadliest occurred in 1981 when, in Bihar, a train derailed as it crossed a bridge and fell into a river below, killing between 800 and 1,000 people.