Hyderabad: Even as MMTS pilot L Chandrashekar continues to be critical and is under observation at Care Hospital in Nampally, the railway police have booked him for negligence under the Indian Penal Code.

Chandrashekar was piloting a Multi-Modal Transport System train when it collided head-on with the Kurnool-Secunderabad Hundry Express in Hyderabad on Monday, injuring more than 10 people. Prima facie inquiries indicated that he had jumped a red signal.

Railway authorities have confirmed that Chandrashekar had taken a breathalyser test and was not under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident. The pilot is being treated for multiple internal injuries and his condition is said to be critical.

The track mishap has thrown light on how trains are vulnerable to accidents despite the use of hi-tech signalling systems. The rescue operation that took around nine hours to pull out Chandrashekar from the MMTS cabin also exposed the preparedness of the railways in handling accidents.

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