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Indian officials end rescue work for 2 wrecked passenger trains that killed over 300 people

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By RAFIQ MAQBOOL and ASHOK SHARMA

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Modi told reporters he felt the pain of those who suffered in the accident. He said the government would do its utmost to help them and strictly punish anyone found responsible.

Modi already looking for a scapegoat. Probably some poor signalman will be made the fall guy and tall statements will be made till the next accident.

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India is and always has been a messed up country. Frankly, I'm shocked it has any kind of worldwide political clout.

Just returned from an overseas business trip in Asia and came across loads of Indians on several different types of situations and the abhorrent, rude, loud, disorganized, and classless behavior was too much.

No wonder things like this happen.

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Despite government efforts to improve rail safety, several hundred accidents occur every year on India’s railways, the largest train network under one management in the world.

That's one massive hyperbole, no surprises there, and the train network is under zonal management not one management..

Preliminary investigations revealed that a signal was given to the Coromandel Express to enter the main track line but the signal was later taken off. The train entered another line, known as the loop line, and crashed into a goods train parked there, the Press Trust of India news agency reported

So this is referenced from PTI, the writers have no idea how the automated track management works, and signal was not given to enter the main line but continue on the main line, no train on it's own can enter any line...

The debris was hit by another passenger train coming from the opposite direction

No, the other train was already passing and the derailed coaches (not debris) hit the last 3 coaches of this train.

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Wow, 300 is an awful lot of people to die in a single accident.

I notice that my question here yesterday about what could have caused the first train to derail was today's headline on the BBC. So maybe it wasn't such a stupid question.

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India is and always has been a messed up country..

Says everything about the state in your country, whatever that is...

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I notice that my question here yesterday about what could have caused the first train to derail was today's headline on the BBC. So maybe it wasn't such a stupid question..

No, it's a valid question, either the automated track mgmt system failed or a sabotage, prelim pointers are to sabotage.. the first train was switched to the looped track, and at 130 kph that guarantees mass casualty event.

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Probably some poor signalman will be made the fall guy

signalman??? ha ha ha, those days are long gone on the main lines, now it's all automated...

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India is and always has been a messed up country.

Don't worry, Canada will also turn into a mini India considering the number of Indians its taking in.

Brampton, Surrey, Abbotsford already seem like India I suppose.

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Probably some poor signalman will be made the fall guy

signalman??? ha ha ha, those days are long gone on the main lines, now it's all automated...

Wrong. Signalmen exist today on all railroads. They are no longer out by the track with signal flags but are indoors at consoles but the profession still exists. It includes all those who install and maintain trackside signals including road crossing signals.

http://railroadsignalmen.org/

https://careertrend.com/the-salary-of-a-railway-signalman-12593131.html

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"From 2017 to 2021, there were more than 100,000 train-related deaths in India, according to a 2022 report published by the National Crime Records Bureau".

Right, so national crime records bureau is publishing train related deaths.. try something better... and the number of train related deaths in that period is around 400. i.e. minus this incident.

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Wrong. Signalmen exist today on all railroads. They are no longer out by the track with signal flags but are indoors at consoles but the profession still exists.

In India these are railtracks not railroads, and on the main lines this track switching is all automated, and further this automation is AI powered, since this is now a criminal investigation, sabotage angle is very strong.

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/odisha-three-train-tragedy-initial-probe-says-signal-interference-root-cause-cbi-called-in/articleshow/100749334.cms

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