22 killed in pre-dawn train accident
At least 22 people were killed and 17 injured as Goa Express moving towards Delhi rammed into the stationary Mewar Express near Mathura this morning. The accident occurred at around 5.30 am, reports Hemendra Chaturvedi. Helpline numbers:0565 - 1072 (Mathura), 011- 23740020, 23967332, 23962389 (New Delhi), 24359748, 24355964 (Nizamuddin) | Listen to podcastindia Updated: Oct 21, 2009 19:44 IST
At least 22 people were killed and 17 injured as Goa Express moving towards Delhi rammed into the stationary Mewar Express near Mathura on Wednesday morning. The engine of the Goa Express climbed on the last bogey of the Mewar Express, which was stationary on the same track. IG (Agra Range), Vijay Kumar has confirmed the number of deaths.
The up track towards Delhi has now been cleared but hurdle remains in the down track.
Talking to HT, IG (Agra Range) Vijay Kumar informed that death toll in today’s accident has risen to twenty two. He however did not comment on reasons for accident. ‘This is matter of enquiry to be conducted by Railways’ he said.
Meanwhile, arrangements were made to take the stranded passengers of both trains to Delhi, the destination to which both trains were moving.
Railway stations had a changed looked in Agra as major trains including Karnataka, AP Express, Jabalpur New Delhi were diverted through alternate track via Tundla and Bayana. Agra Delhi Intercity was cancelled and passengers at Agra stations found it tough with cancellation of trains and diversion of major trains in day time.
The accident took place near Mathura on Agra Delhi track when Engine of Goa Express rammed into Mewar Express, damaging SLR bogey of Mewar Express. Both trains were heading towards Delhi but met with fatal accident after crossing Mathura station.
Railway authorities were at spot to review the rescue operation which had support from army unit. Electric cutters were used to recover the bodies and provide exit to trapped passengers in the ill fated train. Sources revealed that Union Minister for Railways has declared compensation of five lakh to relatives of those dead while one lakh is to be given for seriously injured cases in train accident.
According to Divisional Railway Manager, Rajendra Dutt Tripathi, the driver of Goa Express had overlooked the signal leading to accident. ‘This is prima facie opinion and conclusions are to be attained after detailed enquiry’ he added.Listen to podcast