Three Train Accidents in UP, India
New Delhi: Three train accident happened in northern Indian state Utter Pradesh and ten people were killed and 79 injured, 15 of them seriously, in three accidents involving five passenger trains in Uttar Pradesh amid dense fog and near zero visibility conditions early on Saturday. Among those killed when the Bhiwani-Gorakhpur Gorakhdham Express hit the stationary Prayagraj Express at Panki railway station in Kanpur district were 7 men and 3 women, GM, North Central Railway, Allahabad Zone, Harishchandra Joshi said. The accident took place when the two trains coming from Delhi were on the same track, he said. Though fog appeared to be the reason behind the mishap, an inquiry has been ordered to go into the exact reason behind the accident. Commissioner, Railway Safety, will start the inquiry in the accident on Monday. Railways have announced a compensation of Rs five lakh to the family of those killed, one lakh to those seriously injured and Rs 10,000 for those with minor injuries.
Commissioner, Railway Safety, will start the inquiry in the accident on Monday. Railways have announced a compensation of Rs five lakh to the family of those killed, one lakh to those seriously injured and Rs 10,000 for those with minor injuries.
The Delhi-Allahabad Prayagraj Express was at the station when the Gorakhdham Express hit it from behind in dense fog, PRO of North Central Railway (Allahabad) Amit Malviya said.
A witness at the spot saw the mangled remains of the last coach of the Prayagraj Express. Gas cutters were used to extricate those trapped inside.
Senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi, who was travelling to Allahabad on the Prayagraj Express, was unhurt. Congress MP from Bahraich Kamal Kishore and his wife Poonam Kishore were travelling in the Gorakhdham Express.
The guard of Prayagraj Express was killed in the accident, a railway official said. The ladies unreserved coach next to the guard's compartment was severely damaged in the collision leading to two bogies climbing over each other.
In another accident, the Bihar-bound Delhi-Sitamarhi Licchavi Express rammed into the stationary Magadh Express at Sarai Bhopat near Etawah at around 8:00 am, railway officials said.
The driver of the Licchavi Express was seriously injured as the engine of the train ploughed into the Magadh Express in foggy conditions.
While the brake van of the Prayagraj Express derailed, the engine of the Gorakhdham Express was damaged.
In Pratapgarh, 61 kms from Allahabad, the Sarayu Express rammed into a tractor trolley at an unmanned railway crossing. While there were no reports of any casualty, the engine of the train was damaged in the accident.
The injured were admitted to Hallot, Raja Ram and BLC hospitals in Kanpur.
Rail traffic on the Delhi-Kanpur section has been severely disrupted due to the accidents.
Two control rooms set up at Allahabad and Kanpur can be reached at 05322-408149, 05322-287353 and 05124-2323015/16/18.
2009 Train Accidents
13 February 2009 – India- Twelve carriages of the Coromandel Express derails soon after the train left Jajpur Road station near the city of Jajpur in the state of Orissa. Interestingly, the accident occurred on the day of Railway Budget presentation when Railway Minister Mr Lalu Prasad Yadav boasted about increased safety measures at Indian Railways. 21 October 2009 – India- 21 people died and several others injured when locomotive of Goa Express rammed the rearmost carriage of stationary Mewar Express near Mathura, Uttar Pradesh. Initially the railways officials held driver responsible for the overlooking the signal but in the investigation it was proved that the signal was given green even though Mewar express was held up ahead due to chain pulling by passengers, by tempering with the signaling system. I have personally experienced this several times and it is a routine work in Indian Railways. I work as train driver in Indian Railways. 11th November 2009: 10 coaches of 6210 Mysore-Ajmer express derails 80kms bfore Pune;No casualities reportes