The recent derailment of the Indore-Patna Express that killed at least 142 and injured 150 others is one of the most devastating train accidents in Indian Railways history. The last time death toll from a train-related accident crossed 100 was in November 2005 when Mandovi Express’s first five coaches and locomotive were crushed in a tunnel after a rock fall.
However, the Indore-Patna Express derailment is not the first derailment of 2016. Over the past year there have been 4 derailments, but no causalities in any of the four accidents.
Here is are the other derailments that have occurred in 2016:
- February 5th
Four coaches of the Kanyakumari-Bangalore City Express derailed near Vellore. Around 40 people were injured but no casualties were reported.
- May 1
Eight coaches of the Old Delhi-Faizabad Express derailed near Hapur, Uttar Pradesh. As per reports, 40-50 people were injured but no casualties were reported.
- May 19
Heavy rain caused the engine for the Assam bound Kanyakumari-Dibrugrah Vivek Express to derail near Nagercoil. No injuries or casualties were reported.
- August 28
Twelve coaches of the Thiruvananthapuram Central – Mangalore Central Express derailed near Karukutty Station in Angamali, Kerala. The likely cause was suspected to be a broken rail. No injuries or casualties were reported.
The last major railway tragedy was in May 2010, when the Mumbai-bound Howrah Kurla Lokmanya Tilak Gyaneshwari Super Deluxe Express was derailed following an explosion killing at least 170 people. The cause of the tragedy was suspected to be an attack by Communist Party of India (Maoist).
The cause of the Indore-Patna Express derailment is under investigation.