India train crash: Visakhapatnam-Rayagada passenger train overshoots signal, collides with oncoming train

Two passenger trains collided in India on Sunday, killing at least 10 people and injuring 27 others. The accident occurred in Andhra Pradesh, a southern coastal state of India.

According to the Indian railway ministry, a preliminary investigation found that the collision was caused by “human error,” specifically the “overshooting of signal” by the Visakhapatnam-Rayagada passenger train.

The accident comes just months after India’s state-run railways suffered their worst train crash in two decades. In that accident, a passenger train hit a stationary freight train, jumped off the tracks, and hit another passenger train coming from the opposite direction.

Indian Railways is the fourth largest train network in the world, and is undergoing a $30 billion transformation with new trains and modern stations.

India train crash kills 10, injures 27

  • Human error blamed

Two passenger trains collided in India on Sunday, killing at least 10 people and injuring 27 others. The accident occurred in Andhra Pradesh, a southern coastal state of India.

According to the Indian railway ministry, a preliminary investigation found that the collision was caused by “human error,” specifically the “overshooting of signal” by the Visakhapatnam-Rayagada passenger train.

Rescue efforts underway

Multiple rescue teams and residents were seen extracting injured passengers from the wreckage. Andhra Pradesh’s Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy ordered immediate relief measures to be taken and asked for ambulances to be rushed from Visakhapatnam and Anakapalli, the nearest districts to Vizianagaram.

India’s worst train crash in two decades

The accident comes just months after India’s state-run railways suffered their worst train crash in two decades. In that accident, a passenger train hit a stationary freight train, jumped off the tracks, and hit another passenger train coming from the opposite direction.

Railways undergoing $30 billion transformation

Indian Railways is the fourth largest train network in the world, and is undergoing a $30 billion transformation with new trains and modern stations.

Prime Minister Modi expresses condolences

On Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on social media platform X that he had spoken with the railways minister. “Authorities are providing all possible assistance to those affected,” he said

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