Five members of a family were killed and two seriously injured in collision between DMU and a Scorpio on Jalandhar-Ferozepur section at an unmanned railway crossing near village Pajjian on Saturday morning.
The deceased have been identified as Sarabjit Kaur (45), her son Tirath (22), Bhajan Kaur (60), Zora Singh (12) and Manjit Kaur (27). The seriously injured have been identified as Surjit Singh and his daughter Amandeep Kaur. Both the injured have been shifted to a private hospital at Jalandhar and there condition is stated to be serious.
SHO Lakhwinder Singh said that all the victims belonged to village Bhanolanga and were going to village Ibban near Jalandhar to attend the Bhog ceremony of a relative when the accident occurred near Kol talwandi unmanned railway crossing due to alleged negligence of the driver of the Scorpio.
Kapurthala Station Superintendent Ashok Kumar when contacted said, DMU-5JF was going to Ferozepur from Jalandhar and it crossed the Kapurthala railway station at 9.45am and after its halt at Hussainpur railway station it met with accident in between Hussainpur and Pajjian at unmanned railway crossing. He said the front portion of the train was also damaged and the train was stuck up there resulting in the blockade of the railway line for two hours. He said traffic on Kapurthala-Sultanpurlodhi section remained blocked for two hours and the driver of DMU took the train back to Hussainpur railway station after making minor repairs. He said senior railway officers from Jalandhar and Ferozepur division had reached the site of accident to inquire into the rail accident.
He said no train service was affected, as there was no train in between these two hours.
Police has registered a case. A gloom prevailed in the village Bhanolanga and at the site of the accident as large number of villagers assembled there and rail passengers helped in shifting the seriously injured to the local civil hospital in an ambulance provided by Rail Coach Factory administration.