Train collides with van in TN

PTI | ByPress Trust of India, Chennai
Dec 15, 2004 10:06 PM IST

Four persons were killed when the van collided with a train in Villupuram dist.

Four persons were killed and six others injured on Wednesday in a collision between a van and a train at an unmanned level crossing, between Mundiampet and Vikravandi in Villupuram district of Tamil Nadu, Railway sources said.

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The injured have been hospitalised, the sources said. The victims, who were passengers of the van, were returning from the hill shrine of Sabarimala in Kerala, they added.

The mishap occurred when the van tried to cross the tracks at an unmanned level crossing, as the Ananathapuri Express from Thiruvananthapuram was coming towards the city.

The sources said since this was the last train to arrive from South to Chennai, normal train services were not affected.

On Tuesday, 37 people were killed when two passenger trains crashed into each other in Punjab.

India newspapers and commentators slammed the state-run railways, saying it had one of the world's worst safety records.

Several coaches went off the tracks when the Jammu Tawi express crashed into a local train near Mukerian town in Punjab on Tuesday.

The express train was carrying some Hindu pilgrims home from Vaishno Devi, in Jammu and Kashmir.

Railway Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav promised strong action against those found responsible for what he called a "brutal murder".

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