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Karnataka MLA among 5 dead in Andhra Pradesh train accident

Five people have died and 25 others are injured after after a lorry collided with the Bangalore-Nanded Express in Andhra Pradesh's Anantapur district early morning.

india Updated: Aug 24, 2015 17:49 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
Bangalore-Nanded Express,Andhra Pradesh,Anantapur
The mangled remains of a coach of the Bangalore-Nanded Express which rammed into a lorry in Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh. (PTI Photo)

Five people including a Karnataka legislator were killed early on Monday morning when a granite-laden truck rammed into an express train at a level crossing in Andhra Pradesh’s Anantapur, the second fatal accident this month involving the railways.

Around 25 people are said to have been injured in the accident, which occurred at around 2.25am at Madakasira, more than 450 km from capital Hyderabad.

Official sources said Karnataka MLA Venkatesh Nayak and the driver of the truck are among the five people killed when four coaches of the Bangalore-Nanded Express derailed under the impact of the collision with the truck.

The driver of the truck, who was allegedly in an inebriated condition, was driving at a very high speed and failed to notice the closed gates at a level crossing.

Union railway minister Suresh Prabhu expressed condolences.

Immediate medical relief has been sent and injured are being treated, Prabhu tweeted.

The railway ministry tweeted that the accident was caused due to the negligence of the lorry driver.

Earlier this month, at least 35 people died when two trains derailed within minutes of each other while crossing a small bridge near Harda town in Madhya Pradesh.

India has the world’s fourth largest railway network that ferries more than 23 million passengers every day, but infrastructure is poorly maintained and accidents are common.

In 2012, a government report said almost 15,000 people were killed every year on the railways, describing the deaths as an annual “massacre” due mainly to poor safety standards.

Helpline Numbers:

Bangalore railway station: 08022354108,0731666751, 08022156553

Accident site: 09701374062, 09493548005, 09448090399, 00873763945549


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First Published: Aug 24, 2015 07:16 IST