Kalka-Shimla train mishap: Driver among three suspended; probe ordered

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Sep 13, 2015 22:06 IST
Two Britons were killed and 13 others were injured when a chartered train carrying tourists to the hill town of Shimla derailed. Sant Arora/HT

Commission of Railway Safety would conduct an inquiry into Kalka-Shimla toy train accident, which left two British women dead and 13 injured on Saturday in Parwanoo, just 3 km from Kalka railway station. The train was carrying a total of 37 UK nationals.

“It is an independent statutory body which comes under ministry of civil aviation. It is a semi judicial body,” said divisional railway manager, Ambala Division, Dinesh Kumar.

“We have suspended train driver, assistant driver and loco inspector,” he added.

“They will bring out a public notice and passengers can also depose before it. The passengers are still in India. The 3 passengers are still admitted in Max Super Speciality Hospital. They can be approached too,” said Kumar.

Meanwhile, the railway authorities had cleared the rack by late Saturday night. “We have cancelled one train which carry water tankers for various stations,” said the DRM.

Trains delayed

According to Kalka station superintendent Vinay Arora, Shivalik Deluxe and Rail Car, which runs from Kalka to Shimla, was running 3 hours late while Kalka-Shimla mail 4 hours behind schedule.

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