Train driver killed after truck hits train in Ferozepur
No passenger was injured.punjab Updated: Oct 08, 2017 17:55 IST
A train driver was killed when a truck rammed into a passenger train at an unmanned crossing in Jalalabad, a sub-division of Fazikla district on Sunday. No passenger was injured.
“The incident occurred around 10.15 am at an unmanned railway crossing between Jalalabad and Ladhuka Mandi stations as the train was headed for Fazilka from Ferozpur,” Neeraj Sharma, Northern Railway spokesperson, told IANS in Delhi.
The deceased loco pilot of the DMU passenger train has been identified as Vikas Kumar, posted at Ferozpur headquarters. “Vikas Kumar showed bravery as he tried to avert the collision. He applied emergency brakes to stop the train though he could have saved his life by jumping off but he remained there and was killed,” said Sharma.
The impact of the collision was such that the truck ripped through the train’s engine. An inquiry has been ordered, Sharma added. Driver of truck was carrying construction materials for the under construction under bridge near Bhamhni Wala railway station. Truck driver, who escaped unhurt, fled from spot.
As per information, 7491 DMU moved from Ferozepur for Fazilka at 08.40 but the moment ill-fated DMU reached at an unmanned railway crossing (gate no.3064) near Bhamhni Wala railway station in Jalalabad, a commercial truck collided with the train
‘Gate Miter’, a temporary gateman at the railway crossing, Gurdev Singh alleged, “I had tied rope on both sides of the railway crossing and even singalled the truck driver to stop. But he ignored the same and rammed the truck into train.”
(with agency inputs)