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Train collision in Madhya Pradesh takes 20 lives

Monday, September 20, 2010 08:20:31 PM, IANS

The accident occurred 350km from Bhopal, when a goods train smashed into a passenger train

(Photo: AFP)

Bhopal/New Delhi: Twenty people were killed and 30 injured in a collision between two trains in Madhya Pradesh early Monday and several passengers were trapped in the mangled train cars, officials said.

Passengers injured and unable to get out of the smashed coaches of the Intercity Indore-Gwalior Express cried out in pain at the Badarwas station near Guna as rescuers armed with steel cutters struggled to extricate them, officials and witnesses said.

The accident occurred at 4.45 a.m. as a goods train rammed head-on into the stationary Express when most of its passengers were asleep.

At least four coaches bore the impact of the massive collision, with one car taking the brunt and trapping several passengers.

A railway ministry statement put the death toll at 20 and said 30 passengers were injured, but Western Railway chief spokesperson Piyush Mathur put the number of injured at 52, of which he said 35 were given first aid.

"Of the other 17, nine were admitted to the Guna district hospital and eight to the Shukri hospital," the official told IANS.

Minister of State for Railways K.H. Muniappa and Railway Board officials rushed to the accident site from New Delhi, Jaipur and Jabalpur.

Helplines were set up in Badarwas, Guna, Bhopal, Shivpuri, Indore, Bina and Gwalior towns to provide information about the train passengers.

Relief trains reached the accident spot from Kota and Jhansi, Mathur said, adding it would take some time to transfer the passengers and their luggage.

"Relief work is going on and an investigative officer is flying down from Mumbai to investigate," railway official Anil Saxena told IANS.

Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee announced a compensation of Rs.5 lakh for the families of each of the dead.

The seriously wounded get Rs.1 lakh each and those who suffered minor injuries would get Rs.50,000.





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