Preliminary probe points towards over-speeding

Chennai: Preliminary investigation into the train accident at Chitheri has found that it took place due to over-speeding of the EMU train which rammed into a stationary train, Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi today said.

However, a comprehensive probe would be launched to ascertain if the accident occurred due to human error or technical fault, Trivedi, who arrived here from Delhi along with a team of railway officials, told reporters.

Terming the accident as "unfortunate", he said preliminary investigation had revealed that it was due to over speeding of the EMU train which rammed into the stationary train.

The train driver was not under the influence of alcohol, he said.

The team also visited about 30 injured, admitted to Government General hospital here before leaving for the accident site.

Nine persons were killed and 100 others injured when a speeding passenger train rammed into a stationary train at Sitheri near Arakkonam late last night.

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