Odisha train accident: 2023 

Amid allegations and blame game swirling around the horrific Odisha train tragedy, Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said on Sunday that the "root cause" of the crash and the "criminals" behind the act have been identified.

Rail officials suggested a possible "sabotage" and tampering of the electronic interlocking system behind the crash that took at least 288 lives and left 1,175 people wounded.

In view of the emerging twists and turns, the Railway Board on Sunday recommended a CBI probe into the crash.

Explaining to media how the point machine and the interlocking system work, railway people insisted that the system is "error proof" and "fail safe"

This kind of tinkering with the "logic" of the AI-based electronic interlocking system can only be "intentional", PTI reported quoting a senior railway official who did not want to be identified.

Now, as the minister said there was a problem with the signalling system.

It could be that someone has done some digging without seeing the cables. Running of any machine is prone to failures."

It was an iron ore train, a heavy train, therefore entire impact of the collision was on the train," she said.

The direction, route and signal were set for the Coromandel Express, Jaya Verma Sinha confirmed.