In another gory late night train accident, the Krishak Express collided with the Lucknow-Barauni Express at the Nand Nagar railway crossing in Cantonment area of Gorakhpur district in Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday killing at least 13 passengers and injuring more than 100.
With many passengers still trapped inside three crushed coaches, rescue operations are underway and reports quoting witnesses said the number of deaths may go up to 30, with more than 100 injured and rushed to nearby hospitals in Gorakhpur. Meanwhile, Indian Railway officials said helpline numbers have been opened for information about relatives travelling in ill-fated trains.
Helpline numbers Lucknow – 0522-2233042, Gorakhpur – 05512203265 and Chapra – 09771443941,06152-243409237807
Railway officials said the local police and army personnel were rushed to the scene to rescue the trapped passengers. ANI has flashed photos of the accident site on its Twitter handle.
Gorakhpur Train accident : Rescue ops underway pic.twitter.com/UTp2fUFmoK
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North Eastern Railway spokesman A K Singh said it is difficult to ascertain the number of deaths. “According to information we have received so far, three bogies of the Lucknow-Barauni Express derailed after the collision of these two trains near Nand Nagar railway crossing. Prima facie it appears to be a case of the train overshooting the signal,” he told The Indian Express.
The Krishak Express, which was on its way to Lucknow from Manduadeeh in Varanasi, hit Barauni Express coming on the same tracks from Lucknow near Nandanagar railway crossing around 11:30 pm. Though the driver applied emergency brakes, the hit was so huge that three coaches were impacted and overturned due to the impact, witnesses informed the media agencies.
The Railways has opened helpline numbers for information about the passengers and injured people were being rushed to hospitals in Gorakhpur. Several trains running on the track have been diverted or stopped in approaching stations, officials said.