Twelve people confirmed killed and more than 45 injured when two speeding trains collided near Gorakhpur in Lucknow on Tuesday night.
According to reports, Chief Public Relation Officer of North-Eastern Railway Alok Kumar Singh said that the Maduadeeh-Lucknow Krishak Express hit Barauni-bound express train from Lucknow from the side while it was on the loop line at Nandanagar railway crossing, about seven kilometers from here, at around 11 pm.
Three coaches of Barauni Express are reportedly damaged badly in the collision. Singh said, “Prima facie it appears the Krishak Express was supposed to stop, but it overshot the signal.” While Barauni express was coming from the state capital, the train was going towards Lucknow.
Singh said, “The Loco pilot of Krishak Express Ram Bahadur and assistant Loco pilot Satyajeet have been suspended for allegedly overshooting the signal.”
Meanwhile, Union Railway Minister DV Sadananda Gowda expressed profound grief over the loss of innocent lives in the accident.
The rescue operations are underway by rescue teams of railway and Gorakhpur district administration. The injured have been admitted to nearby hospitals.
However, a compensation of Rs 2 lakh to the family members of who died in the tragedy, Rs 1 lakh each to those seriously injured and Rs 20,000 each to those who sustained less serious injuries is granted by Railway Minister Gowda. He has also asked to provide best treatment to people injured in the accident on LJN Divison of North East Railway.
Reports say, spokesperson said that the railway has also set up helpline for inquiries for various cities such as Gorakhpur (05513303365, 09794846980), Lucknow (05222233042), Chhapra (09006693233) and Benares (09919041978).
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