Elite police team to probe Chennai train collision

April 30th, 2009 - 5:06 pm ICT by IANS  

Chennai, April 30 (IANS) The elite Crime Branch Criminal Investigation Department (CB-CID) of the Tamil Nadu police will probe Wednesday’s train collision in a Chennai suburb that claimed four lives, officials said Thursday.
Additional Director General of Police Archana Ramasundaram said a special team had been formed to investigate the matter.

“All angles, including mischief and sabotage, will be probed,” Ramasundaram told IANS.

The state government had ordered the CB-CID to investigate the incident late Wednesday.

Four people were killed and 11 injured when an empty train driven by an unidentified person took off from Chennai’s main railway station without permission and collided with a stationary train at Vyasarpadi Jeeva station within minutes early Wednesday.

The collision was so devastating that platforms at the Vyasarpadi Jeeva station were rendered almost unusable. Overhead electric cables supplying power to trains were torn off their poles and tractions.

Many of the train coaches were twisted and mangled because of the impact of the violent crash.

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