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INVESTIGATION INTO ACCIDENTS

3.1  PREAMBLE

Among the statutory duties carried out by the Commissioners of Railway Safety, one of the most important is the statutory investigation into railway accidents. The rules for the guidance of officers of the Commission of Railway Safety in holding Inquiries into railway accidents are contained in Statutory Investigation into Railway Accidents Rules 1998 notified by the Ministry of Civil Aviation. Extracts of the rules and procedures for holding statutory investigations are contained in Appendix III.
 

3.2  STATUTORY INQUIRIES HELD IN 2002-2003

 
3.2.1   During the year, 34 serious accidents required inquiry by the Commission in terms of Section 114 of the Railways Act 1989 which are detailed in Appendix IV. Out of these 34 accidents, 2 were collisions between trains, 14 were derailments, 10 involved collision of trains with road vehicles at Level Crossings and 3 were unusual occurrences and 2 were cases of explosion and 3 were due to fire in the train.
 
3.2.2    Of the 34 accidents, the following accidents attracted considerable attention of the media :-

       a)    Para 1.02 of Appendix iv :-   Fire in three coaches of 2903 Up-Golden Temple Mail between stations Ludhiana-Ladhowal on Ferozpur Division on Northern Railway on 15/05/2003.In this accident 36 passengers were killed 3 were grievously injured & 13 had simple injuries.

      b)    Para 1.09 of Appendix iv:-   Derailment of 904 Up Karwar Mumbai Central holiday special between stations Vaibhavwadi-Rajapur on Ratnagiri division of Konkan Railway on 22/06/2003. In this accident 52 passengers were killed 15 were grievously injured & 10 had simple injuries.

      c)    Para 1.11 of Appendix iv:-   Derailment of 7201 Up Golconda express at Warangal station on Secunderabad division of south Central Railway on 02/07/2003. In this accident 21 passengers were killed 16 were grievously injured & 08 had simple injuries.

      d)    Para 1.19 of Appendix iv:-   Derailment of 2056 Dn- Dehradun New Delhi Jan Shatabdi express between stations Deoband-Rohana Kalan on Delhi division of northern railway on 06/09/2003. In this accident 01 person (railway crew) was killed 03 were (one passenger & 2 railway crew) grievously injured & 01 railway crew had simple injuries.
 
3.2.3   Brief details of the 34 accidents inquired into by the Commission during 2003-2004 alongwith important recommendations made, are at Appendix - IV.
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