Kalinga Utkal Express Deflect: 4 Railway officials suspended

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Three top rail officials were on Sunday ordered on leave and another three suspended after a probe report on the Kalinga Utkal Express crash blamed staff’s negligence for the derailment that killed at least 20 people and injured 90. Fourteen coaches of the express train, which was on way to Haridwar from Puri, went off the tracks on Saturday close to Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh, with carriages slamming into one another and crashing into a house close by. The findings again shine a light on the poor upkeep of the creaking British-era infrastructure that is struggling to keep up with a load of more trains. Nearly 53% of the 586 train accidents in the last five years were due to derailments, official data says.

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