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Hampi train accident: Mukul Roy orders probe

May 22, 2012 06:28 PM IST India India

Penukonda: Two trains collided at Penukonda in Andhra Pradesh early on Tuesday morning leaving 24 people dead and over 30 injured. The Hampi Express was on its way to Bangalore when it rammed a goods train.

The accident has left many in shock. Sridevi Satyanarayana is one of them, who is mourning the death of her father who died in the accident.

According to sources, a faulty railway signal or a careless driver could be the cause of the collision that happened at 3:15 am. Rescue teams took almost two to three hours to reach the spot with the necessary equipment and bring the passengers to safety.

In May 2010, 148 people were killed after the Jyaneshwari Express was derailed by Naxals in West Midnapore district. In July 2011, more than 63 died after a Kalla mail derailed near Malwa in Uttar Pradesh. On the same day, 31 people died and more than 100 people were injured when a passenger train derailed in Assam after a blast.

An embarrassed Union Rail Minister, Mukul Roy, on Tuesday swung into action, ordering a probe with a 10-day deadline.

"Within 10 days the probe report will be submitted and action will be taken," said Roy.

Railway officials are probing whether the accident could have been because of a technical glitch or because of the driver's fault but the big question is whether safety is still the number one priority for Indian railways.