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Mahakaushal Express derails: A look at the deadliest rail accidents this decade

The Mahakaushal Express train is the latest train derailment to occur in India, the second within this year. A look at the railway’s track record this decade.

india Updated: Mar 30, 2017 13:51 IST
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HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Rescue workers and officials inspect derailed coaches of the Mahakaushal Express train at Mahoba, some 140kms south-west of Kanpur, on March 30, 2017. More than 50 people were reportedly injured in the accident.(AFP Photo)

More than 50 people were injured on Thursday when eight coaches of the Jabalpur-Nizamuddin Mahakaushal Express (12189) derailed near Kulpahad station in Uttar Pradesh’s Mahoba district.

The Railways has constituted an inquiry amid speculation that a crack in the tracks caused the accident. But this is not the first time the colonial-era public carrier has seen an accident because of poor infrastructure and inadequate maintenance. The public transporter that carries more than 23 million passengers daily has seen a spate of attacks in the last five years. Here are the deadliest:

January 22, 2017: At least 32 people were killed and over 50 injured after seven coaches and the engine of Jagdalpur-Bhubaneswar Express derailed in Vizianagaram district of Andhra Pradesh.

November 20, 2016: As many as 142 people were killed and more than 200 injured when 14 coaches of the Indore-Patna Express train derailed in Kanpur Dehat district of Uttar Pradesh.

March 20, 2015: At least thirty-eight people died and more than 150 injured when the Dehradun-Varanasi Janata Express derailed near Bachhrawan in Uttar Pradesh

May 26, 2014: Twenty-two people lost their lives when the Gorakhdham Express came on the same track as a freight train and rammed into it near Khalilabad station in Sant Kabir Nagar district in Uttar Pradesh. Over 50 were injured.

May 4, 2014: At least 20 people were killed and about 100 injured when the Diva Junction-Sawantwadi passenger train derailed between Nagothane and Roha stations in Maharashtra’s Raigad district.

December 28, 2013: Twenty six people were killed in the Bangalore-Nanded Express train in Anantpur district of Andhra Pradesh after a fire broke out in an AC 3-tier coach. 54 passengers were expected to be on board in the B1 coach completely gutted in the fire.

June 30, 2012: Thirty-five passengers were burnt to death and at least 25 injured when a coach of the New Delhi-Chennai Tamil Nadu Express caught fire near Nellore in Andhra Pradesh.

A parliamentary standing committee report, presented in October 2016, said between 2003 and 2015, a total of 239 accidents happened on the network of the Indian Railways and 208 of these – or 80% of all accidents – occurred because of derailments.

First Published: Mar 30, 2017 13:49 IST