Train on high-speed trial run crushes four people near Haridwar
Four people were crushed to death by a speeding train which was on trial run on the Laksar-Haridwar route on Thursday evening, police said.
The accident occurred around 6.30 pm near Jamalpur railway crossing in the rural segment of Haridwar.
An investigation has been ordered by Tarun Prakash, Divisional Regional Manager (DRM), Northern Railways into this accident.
Prakash said that the accident took place near Jamalpur village. Railway officials pointed that the train was on a trial run at 100 kmph to test the newly laid Haridwar-Laksar double line track.
A team of technical and safety wing of railways had arrived for this trial run on Laksar-Haridwar track.
According to Haridwar rural legislator Swami Yatishwaranand who arrived at the accident spot immediately after the tragedy said that eyewitnesses told him that the four men who were strolling on the railway track could not gauge the speed of the train and were unable to get off the track.
“It’s a sad and shocking incident and administration, police, railways officials and local people arrived at the spot immediately after the incident,” Yatishwaranand said.
Kamlesh Upadhyay, superintendent of city police, Haridwar, said that police was also carrying out a combing operation to check if there has been any other damage.
Station house officer Jwalapur Praveen Koshyari said that the bodies of the victims were sent for post-mortem. The four youths were identified as Vishal and Golu . Locals said they used to stroll on the tracks in the evening.