New Delhi: At least five people were killed, and a few others were injured after being run over by a speeding express train near Bathuva under G Sigadam Mandal in the Srikakulam district of Andhra Pradesh on Monday night.
Due to a technical glitch, the Secunderabad-Guwahati Superfast Express halted close to the Batuva railway gate. Due to the high heat, some passengers got down from the train to get cool air, according to the local police as reported by sources.
According to Srikakulam Superintendent of police (SP), “Someone in Guwahati express had pulled the chain and the train stopped and five people got down and were crossing the track. At that time Konark express was coming in the opposite direction on the adjacent track, these people were hit by the train and died on spot.”
The police are yet to establish the identity of the deceased persons. The bodies will be sent for the post-mortem, the police added.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy expressed anguish over death of passengers. CM Reddy has directed officials to take stock of the situation. The CMO has been directed to coordinate with officials to provide the highest aid to the injured.
The Chief Minister has been briefed about the situation and is personally monitoring the rescue operations.
It may be recalled that in November 2013 a speeding passenger train ran over passengers in Bokaro Express waiting on a adjacent track after rumours spread that S-1 compartment of the (Alappuzha-Dhanbadh) Bokaro express they were in had caught fire, leaving nine persons dead, including three of family and one suffered injuries at Gotlam East Cabin area in Vizianagaram district.