Govt orders probe into Palace-on-Wheels accident

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New Delhi, Oct 5 (UNI) The Government today ordered a high-level statutory inquiry into the boiler tube burst incident onboard luxury train Palace-on-Wheels in which two railway employees were killed.

Commissioner of Railway Safety (Northern Circle) Bhupender Singh will conduct the inquiry on October 8 and 9 at the Northern Railway's Divisional Manager's office, officials said.

A notice by the Railway Safety Commission said those who have any information to share can either meet Mr Singh personally or write to him.

Locomotive inspector Richhpal Singh and engine driver Raghuvir Singh died yesterday in Safdarjung Hospital.

Richhpal had sustained 98 per cent burns and Raghuvir 60 per cent injuries.

Three others, who suffered injuries, are admitted in hospital and their condition is stated to be stable.

However, the crew managed to bring the train to a halt.

There were 92 passengers onboard the Palace-on-Wheels plying on the Delhi-Rajasthan tourist route via Agra at the time of the accident on October 3 at about 1820 hrs.

The driver's cabin of the locomotive was ripped apart by the blast shortly after the train started out of the Safdarjung station.

A Northern Railway spokesperson said as per initial inquiries, the possible cause for the blast seemed to be a ''burst in the boiler tube of the engine''.

UNI

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