It was the third major train accident in last two months which left 10 people dead and over 100 injured when Chennai Beach-Vellore electric multiple unit (EMU) rammed the Arakkonam-Katpadi passenger train when the train was waiting for green signal near Sitheri station in Tamil Nadu's Vellore district on Tuesday night. The collision lead to the derailment of 5 bogies of the Arakkonam-Katpadi train.
Hinting at human error behind the accident, the railway minister said, "The cause of the accident has not been ascertained at the moment. According to the initial reports, the signal was red. But whatever is the reason it should have never happened. We learn lessons from every accident we have to ensure accident should not happen."
"Casualty figures are still not yet confirmed. We are in touch with all railway officers who all have reached the site. I am taking the first available flight along with the Chairman Railway Board Vinay Mittal and Minister of State for Railway K H Muniappa to Chennai," he added.