The goods train guard outside when it was hit by the Coromandel Express train on Friday evening nearly missed death.
The driver of the ill-fated Coromandel Express, which derailed in Odisha’s Balasore on Friday, killing 270 people, was conscious after the tragedy and was in a situation to certify that he received a green signal, according to the Railway Board. Jaya Varma Sinha, a member of the Railway Board in charge of operations and commercial development, recounted her conversation with the Coromandel driver. “He was awake at the time.” He could only remark that he had received a green signal. His condition deteriorated after that, and he is hospitalized,” Jaya Varma Sinha said on Sunday.
GN Mohanty piloted the Coromandel Express. Hajari Behera was the loco pilot’s assistant. Both were seriously hurt.
“The Yesvantpur’s TT told me he heard an unusual sound coming from behind.” He sensed an impending impediment. He couldn’t figure out what it was. Following the A1 coach were two general coaches and the guards’ coach. “The previous two coaches were derailed,” Jaya Varma explained.
The goods train guard who the Coromandel Express hit was not inside the compartment at the time of the collision. “It was fortuitous that his life was preserved. According to railway regulations, the guard and driver of a goods train are responsible for its safety when parked. So these people were standing outside the train, checking it. “They were carrying out their responsibilities,” Varma explained.
The Coromandel Express piled into the freight train’s brake van, where the guard was meant to be. “It was by God’s grace that the guard was not present at the time,” Varma explained.
‘There was no fault on the part of the Coromandel driver.’
The Railway Board has given the Coromandel Express driver a clean chit since early research points to signalling interference’ that caused the Coromandel to take the loop line where the cargo train was stopped. According to Railway Board officials, the train was within its speed limit and did not jump any signals.