'Uttarbanga Exp driver violated red signal'

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Sainthia, Jul 20: The signal in-charge of the Sainthia station, Rehmat Ali, claimed on Tuesday, Jul 20, that the driver of the Uttarbanga Express was alerted by the station master that a train was already there on the tracks but he violated the red signal and resulted in the train crash, killing 63 people, including the driver and assistant driver of the Uttaranga Express.

He said the station master alerted the driver of the Uttarbanga Express over walkie talkie and asked him to stop the train as the signal was red and there was already a train on the platform.

“But he got no response and within 30 seconds and the two trains collided," he said.

"Within 30 seconds of the Vananchal Express moving out from the platform, he got a call from the voice cabin that another train was entering the platform, " he added.

“I am sure that the signal was red. But the driver violated the red signal and entered the platform," he added.

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