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23 killed in Shivpuri train accident Last Updated : 20 Sep 2010 05:56:05 PM IST
At least twenty three people were killed and 51 injured when a goods train hit the stationary Indore-Gwalior Intercity Express head-on in Madhya Pradesh after it overshot the signal amid heavy rains and poor visibility in the early hours on Monday.
The accident took place around 4.45 am when the freight train of North-Central Railway was on the wrong track and hit the stationary passenger train on the front at Badarwas station, Shivpuri Collector Rajkumar Pathak told the reporters.
The station in Shivpuri district is about 50 kms from the nearest town of Guna.
Railway Board officials said 17 of the 23 victims have been identified and efforts were on to identify the remaining nine. The officials said a preliminary inquiry showed that the good trains driver had overshot the red signal.
Just before the mishap, the goods train driver jumped off from the locomotive and fled, Pathak said.
Both the drivers of the Intercity train are said to be safe.
Of the 51 people injured, 29 were admitted to hospitals in Guna and Shivpuri while remaining were discharged after first-aid, officials said.
Two front bogies of the Express Train have been badly damaged in the accident, Pathak said.
Rajendra Karare, The station master of Badarwas, who had apparently fled the scene after the accident, has now been traced and his blood sample has been taken to ascertain reports that liquor bottles were found in his chamber, sources said.
Bhopal Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) Ghanshyam Singh said that an inquiry had been ordered into the accident, adding action would be taken against those found guilty after the receipt of the inquiry report.
He said 22 bodies have been extricated from the mangled bogies while a seriously injured died on way to hospital.
Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee has announced an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh for the next kin of the dead, Rs 1 lakh and Rs 50,000 for those with serious and minor injuries respectively.
Besides announcing monetary compensation, the government has also promised jobs to the next of the kin of those killed in the mishap.
Minister of State for Railways K H Muniyappa rushed to the accident site along with senior railway officials.
Relief trains from neighbouring Bhopal, Guna and Bina have reached the spot, he said, adding relief and rescue operations were being carried out on a war footing.
Madhya Pradesh Governor Rameshwar Thakur and Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan have expressed grief over the
accident and conveyed their condolences to the families.
Meanwhile, the BJP has cancelled the "Balram Samman Samaroh" scheduled for tomorrow in view of the accident.
Congress leaders Digvijay Singh and Ajay Singh have also expressed grief over the accident in separate statements.
The 17 deceased who were identified are: Ghanshyam Singh (Ashok Nagar), Sudhir Tiwari, Santosh Rathod, Maan Kunwar and Usha Jain (all Shivpuri), Ranvir Prajapati (Indore), Nakul Shivhare (Gwalior), Dimple alias Neelam (Gwalior), Pradeep (Ambah), Vijay Razak (Bhind), Manish Pachouria (Morena), Gautam Hari (Ratlam), Rakesh Sharma (Bhind), Usha Sharma (Shivpuri), Radharani (Dewas), Deepak Solanki and policeman Nagendra, the officials said.
Union Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia visited Badarwas, about 50 from Guna, the Lok Sabha seat represented by him, after the mishap.
Post Your Comment (1 posted): Written by Dinesh about 4 years, 9 months, 13 days, 4 hours, 38 minutes, 17 seconds ago
I feel the pictures provided above is not the accident of Gwalior express. As far as my knowledge Diesel Locomotive was involved in the accident whereas the engine which is shown is an electric locomotive!!!!!!..... If Im correct please correct the picture.