Providing details of train accidents in India, Minister of State for Railways, Rajen Gohain told the Rajya Sabha in a written reply that there were a total number of 99 train accidents between the period April 1, 2016 to February 28, 2017. Out of these, 64 have been identified to be caused due to human error, which implies that the railway staff was responsible for it. The minister also told the Rajya Sabha that there were 19 train accidents that were caused due to reasons beyond the control of railways. At least 2 train accidents were caused due to sabotage.
The minister also highlighted the improved safety of railways by pointing to the significant reduction in train accidents per million kilometers. He said that the train accident rate has dropped from 0.55 in 2001-02 to 0.10 in 2015-16. The accident rate has come down even when there has been a significant increase in train traffic over the last decade. The minister added that there were certain cases that are still being investigated.