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WB train collision: Rly offical rules out fault in signalling

Railway Board chairman Vinay Mittal today ruled out any fault in the signalling system at Phulia station in Nadia district, where a head-on collision between two local trains left one dead and 67 injured.

kolkata Updated: Jan 08, 2012 20:10 IST

Railway Board chairman Vinay Mittal on Sunday ruled out any fault in the signalling system at Phulia station in Nadia district, where a head-on collision between two local trains left one dead and 67 injured.

"I have checked the signalling system and the track points. There is no indication of any malfunctioning of these," Mittal told mediapersons after a visit to the accident site.

"Neither did I detect any dereliction of duty on the part of the station master in Phulia," he added.

Mittal said that gateman Purnendu Kundu, who was the only casualty in the accident, had died while trying to prevent the mishap and the bereaved family would get a compensation of Rs five lakh.

Full details of the accident would be known only after the one-man inquiry committee, consisting of Commissioner of Railway Safety R P Yadav, submits its report within 15 to 20 days, he said.

An Eastern Railways press release, quoting railway minister Dinesh Trivedi, said that Rs 50,000 each would be given to six of the injured.

Meanwhile, the five derailed bogies have been removed and the repair of tracks was on in full swing.

The collision took place on Sunday when the Shantipur-Sealdah local, which was coming from the opposite direction, hit the stationary Sealdah-Shantipur local train in Phulia station.