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Hyderabad train crash: Loco pilot rescued from mangled cabin

The sceme at Kachiguda railway station, where an MMTS train rammed into the stationary Hyderabad-Kurnool Hundry Express, which  had stopped at the station, injuring 12, in Hyderabad on November 11,2019.
The sceme at Kachiguda railway station, where an MMTS train rammed into the stationary Hyderabad-Kurnool Hundry Express, which had stopped at the station, injuring 12, in Hyderabad on November 11,2019.
After eight hours of gruelling efforts, rescue workers pulled out the loco pilot alive from the mangled motorman cabin of a local train, which rammed into a stationary express train at Kachiguda railway station here on Monday, injuring 16 passengers.
 
Personnel of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and the Accident Relief Team of the South Central Railway (SCR) cut through the cabin with the help of gas-cutters to rescue 31-year-old Chandrasekhar, who was later shifted to a hospital.
 
The loco pilot spent eight long hours stuck in the cabin of the Multi-Modal Transport System (MMTS) train, which rammed into the Kurnool City-Secunderabad Hundry Inter-city Express around 10.30 a.m.
 
The medical teams were supplying the loco pilot oxygen and saline to ensure that he did not fall unconscious.
 
The express train had stopped near the station for the signal when the Lingampally-Falaknuma MMTS train entered the same track and rammed head-on into it.
 
SCR officials said six coaches of the MMTS train and three coaches of Hundry Express were affected.
 
Doctors at government-run Osmania General Hospital said 16 injured were brought to the hospital and six of them were discharged.
 
Telangana Governor Tamilasai Soundararajan directed Osmania Hospital superintendent to provide the best possible treatment to the injured.
 
Union Minister of State for Home G. Kishan Reddy visited the accident site in the evening and enquired from the officials about the cause of the collision and the rescue and relief works.
 
Though technical error in signaling system was initially believed to have caused the accident, SCR officials later ruled out the possibility. They blamed human error for the mishap.
 
B. B. Singh, Additional General Manager, SCR, said a high-level inquiry will be conducted into the accident.
 
One of the passengers of the express train said the collision occurred when the train started moving. "All passengers were jolted by its impact. The children were badly affected," he said.
 
Eye-witnesses said a major tragedy was averted as the MMTS train was running slowly and the Express train was almost stationary.
 
The accident affected the movement of trains on the Kachiguda-Falaknuma section. Several trains including MMTS services were cancelled.
 
IANS
 

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