The death toll from a train accident in Andhra Pradesh, southern India, rose to 13, a railway official said Monday, as authorities examined damaged carriages to determine the cause of the collision.
The accident occurred when the Visakhapatnam-Rayagada passenger train stopped on Sunday (29) due to a break in an overhead cable and the Visakhapatnam-Palasa express service hit it from behind, causing derailing two cars from the stopped train, officials said.
The Railway Ministry said a preliminary investigation revealed that “human error” led to the Visakhapatnam-Rayagada train “overshooting the signal”.
The accident occurred months after India’s public rail system suffered its worst accident in two decades, killing 292 people.
Indian Railways, the world’s fourth-largest rail network, is undergoing a $30 billion transformation, with new trains and modern stations in the pipeline.