Friday, March 20, 2015

30 killed as train derails in Uttar Pradesh

PTI
  • Rescue work is being carried out after the Dehradun-Varanasi Janata Express derailed at the Bachhrawan railway station in Raebareli on Friday.
    PTI
    Rescue work is being carried out after the Dehradun-Varanasi Janata Express derailed at the Bachhrawan railway station in Raebareli on Friday.
  • People look at the mangled remains of a coach at the site where the engine and two coaches of the Dehradun-Varanasi Janata Express derailed near Bachrawan railway station in Uttar Pradesh on Friday.
    PTI
    People look at the mangled remains of a coach at the site where the engine and two coaches of the Dehradun-Varanasi Janata Express derailed near Bachrawan railway station in Uttar Pradesh on Friday.
  • Onlookers near the mangled remains of a coach at the site where the engine and two coaches of the Dehradun-Varanasi Janata Express derailed near Bachrawan railway station in Uttar Pradesh on Friday.
    PTI
    Onlookers near the mangled remains of a coach at the site where the engine and two coaches of the Dehradun-Varanasi Janata Express derailed near Bachrawan railway station in Uttar Pradesh on Friday.
  • This Google Maps image locates Bachrawan village near Rae Bareli. At least six people have been killed as the Janata Express derailed near the village early Friday.
    This Google Maps image locates Bachrawan village near Rae Bareli. At least six people have been killed as the Janata Express derailed near the village early Friday.

The engine and two coaches of the Dehradun-Varanasi Janta Express derailed near Bachrawan railway station, 50 km from Lucknow.

The toll has risen to 30 when the engine and two coaches of the Dehradun-Varanasi Janata Express derailed near Bachrawan Railway Station, the General Manager (Northern Railway) Ajay Kuthia said.
The locomotive driver apparently overshot the signal and as a result, the engine and two adjoining coaches derailed, Railway Spokesperson Anil Saxena said in Delhi.
The accident occurred around 9.30 a.m. near Bachhrawan Railway station, about 50 km from state capital, Lucknow.
Railways have ordered an inquiry and announced a compensation of Rs 2 lakh for the next of kin of those killed in the accident. While Rs 50,000 will be given to those injured seriously, Rs 20,000 will be given to people with minor injuries.
Expressing grief over the incident, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav also announced a compensation of Rs two lakhs to the kin of those killed and Rs 50 thousand for the injured.
Mr. Yadav said that officers have been directed to provide all the possible help to the injured
Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has instructed Chairman Railway Board A K Mittal and Member Traffic Ajay Shukla to rush to the spot.
As soon as the news of the accident spread, people from nearby villages rushed to the spot to help in rescue and relief operations.
The villagers helped in extricating passengers trapped in the mangled coaches of the train.
The spot of the accident presented a devastating sight with one of the bogies reduced to a mangle of steel.
Ambulances carrying teams of doctors were rushed to the accident site to help passengers screaming in pain, eye witnesses said, adding gas cutters were being arranged to cut open the crushed compartments to pull out passengers.
Train movement on the Lucknow-Varanasi section of the Northern Railway has been disrupted due to the accident.

1 comments:

Anonymous said...

A day after the Utkal Express derailed in Uttar Pradesh killing 24 people and injuring 92, an audio clip has emerged in which a person, allegedly a railway gateman, claims repairs on the track were being done unofficially. The Railways announced a probe into the issue. Meanwhile, Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu directed the Board to “fix responsibility” for the incident by the end of the day.

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