Investigation of the cause begins as a list of the deceased is drawn up
Twenty-three of 25 people who died in the yesterday’s rail tragedy at Ananthapur have been identified, said additional director general of police (railway) VSK Kaumudi .
The tragedy occurred when the Hampi Express from Hubli to Bangalore rammed into a good strain that was halted at the central track. The Express was not supposed to enter the second (centre) track and the accident is the result of this error.
A special team under deputy superintendent of police (railway) Guntakal, Harinath Reddy, has been formed to investigate the accident. The investigation primarily hinges on the human error factor in which the driver Y Ratnam and assistant driver Balaraju had allegedly ignored the red signal. However, it is not clear, how and why the goods train was stationed at the platform.
Kaumudi said that in all 36 people are in various hospitals now, of which, 11 have been shifted to a Bangalore hospital and nine to Puttaparthi.
The others are in Ananathapur hospitals. Scores of others who received minor injuries were administered first aid and let go. Superintendents of police Muni Swamy and M Nanjunda Swamy are supervising the rescue and relief operations.
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