Collision of engines: Report says driver was talking on mobile

Using the mobile phone while driving on the road is known to be dangerous with drivers losing focus. The same has proven true for railway tracks. An inquiry report pertaining to the collision of engines recently near Ramdarbar says that the driver of the engine was talking on his mobile while driving.

The incident had happened on November 21 when the engine of the Nangal Dam-Ambala passenger train broke down due to a technical snag. When the back-up engine was called, it collided with the engine of the stationary train.

The Railways had placed the driver, Jaswant Rai, under suspension and initiated an inquiry into the incident. The inquiry report reveals that the driver had made a 54-second phone call from his mobile while driving the engine. Also, he had an argument with a railway official before starting his journey towards Ramdarbar.

The report notes that the driver was driving the engine at a speed of 63 km per hour against the prescribed norm of 10 km per hour. "He was also driving at a much higher speed than the norms. The engine was out of control and that is why it could not be stopped and led to the collision. The report has been prepared and appropriate action will be initiated," said an official.

The impact of the collision was such that several passengers were injured, two of them seriously. Even the engine driver suffered injuries. The two engines were also damaged. Due to the collision, the track remained blocked for several hours. This delayed the movement of trains to and from the Chandigarh Railway Station. Passengers were stranded on the tracks and some missed their connecting trains.

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