Seven killed in train-bus collision in Siwan
Seven persons were killed and over 30 injured on Wednesday when a train rammed into an engineering college bus at a manned level crossing in Bihar's Siwan district sparking protests by students who tried to torch the train.
The incident occurred when Howrah-Kathgodam Bagh Express hit a bus belonging to the DAV engineering college near Chap Dhala locality as it was trying to cross the track at about 3pm.
The engine of the train derailed under the impact, superintendent of police Natasha Guria said.
Railway have ordered an inquiry by commissioner railway safety, K Bajpayee, into the incident at the manned level crossing, a railway spokesperson said in Delhi.
Railway officials said seven people have died in the accident and over 30 people have sustained injuries.
While four occupants of the bus died on the spot, three others succumbed to injuries in Sadar hospital where all the injured were admitted, officials said, that the six of the seven dead have been identified.
The deceased included two women.
Critically injured were sent to the Patna Medical College and Hospital.
The incident sparked protest by engineering college students who pelted stones at the train and tried to set it afire but police prevented them, official sources said.
Train passengers ran to escape the ire of protesters who dispersed after police used force.
Expressing shock over the loss of lives, railway minister CP Joshi announced an ex-gratia of Rs. 5 lakh to the next of the kin of the deceased.
He announced Rs. 1 lakh each for the seriously injured and Rs. 25,000 to those who suffered minor injuries.
According to railway officials, minister of state for railways KH Muniyappa and member traffic Railway Board KK Srivastava have rushed to the site.
Meanwhile, a medical team from neighbouring Gopalganj district rushed to the spot and a team of National Disaster Response Force from Gopalganj too reached the site to supervise rescue and relief operations.
Additional police reinforcement has been requisitioned from adjoining districts to maintain order even as district magistrate Gopal Meena and SP Guria are camping on the spot.
The deceased have been identified as Zahid Ali, Ijaz Ali, Neeraj Kumar, Rajan Tiwari, Asha Devi and Sangeet Priya.