9 injured after train collides with inspection car
Kolkata: Nine persons reportedly suffered injuries after a local train collided with a railway inspection car at Sreerampore Station on Saturday afternoon. Locals and railway staff rescued the injured and rushed them to a local hospital.
According to passengers waiting at the station, a railway inspection car was working on the track. At the same time, Seoraphuli local train was to arrive availing the same track.
The locomotive pilot of Seoraphuli local identified the inspection car at a close distance. As soon as he saw the inspection car, he applied brakes. But before it could come to a complete halt, the train hit the inspection car resulting in serious damage. Also, the staff in the inspection car sustained injuries due to the collision.
Some passengers of the Seoraphuli local train also sustained minor injuries due to the collision as they fell on the compartment floor when there was a jerk. However, because of the slow speed of the train, the extent of damage was not high.
Sources informed that the locomotive pilot of Seoraphuili local was given a green signal to avail the said track to proceed. Questions arose as to how could a train get clearance along the same track where an inspection car is already there.
According to railway sources, an investigation in this regard has been ordered already. If any negligence is found, stringent action will be taken.