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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

25 killed as Hampi Express rams into goods train in AP

At least 25 passengers were killed, 16 of them charred, and 43 injured when the Bangalore- bound Hampi Express rammed into a stationary goods train after its driver apparently overshot the signal near the station here in the wee hours today.

The impact of the collision that took place at 3:15 AM was such that four bogies of the express train derailed and one of them caught fire near Penukonda station in Andhra Pradesh coming under Bangalore division of South Western Railway.

Shocked survivors said it was an unbearable and gory sight to see fellow passengers burning and screaming for help as they stood helpless due to the searing heat. The cries of burning passengers still rang in their ears, they said on arrival in Bangalore, about 150 km from here.

Most of the victims were labourers coming from Hubli and Hospet in Karnataka and were on their way to Bangalore.

"As of now, 25 people have died and 43 people are injured in the train tragedy. The injured have been shifted to different hospitals across Anantpur district," Railway Minister Mukul Roy, who rushed to the accident site, told reporters.

"Prima facie it seems that the driver of Hampi Express overshot the signal," Railway Spokesperson Anil Saxena said in Delhi.

Deputy Inspector General of police (Anantapur range) Charu Sinha said the injured have been admitted to nearby hospitals at Penukonda, Hindupur and Anantapur.

"Rescuers used metal cutters to get inside the bogies where passengers were stuck," Anantpur Superintendent of Police Shahnawaz Qasim said, adding fire fighters and railway officers helped police in rescue operations.


Rahul Shayari on May 24, 2012 at 9:53 PM said...

Negligence cost 20 people death... and hundreds of peoples injury..
Can imagine how their family situation will turns to bad... Who is responsible? what makes this kind of incidents again and again...
Should hang the irresponsible employees who plays with innocent people lives....

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