PM Modi condoles loss of lives in AP train mishap

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday condoled the loss of lives, including that of Karnataka MLA Venkatesh Naik, in an accident involving Bangalore City-Nanded Express train in Andhra Pradesh.

PTI| Last Updated: Aug 24, 2015, 23:22 PM IST

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday condoled the loss of lives, including that of Karnataka MLA Venkatesh Naik, in an accident involving Bangalore City-Nanded Express train in Andhra Pradesh.

"My thoughts are with the families of all those who lost their lives in the unfortunate accident of the Bangalore City-Nanded express," Modi tweeted.

"My condolences to the family of Karnataka MLA Shri Venkatesh Naik. He will be remembered for his service to society," he added.

Naik, a Congress MLA, was among six people killed when a granite-laden truck rammed into Bangalore-Nanded Express train after breaking the gate at a level crossing in Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh in the wee hours today.

Four bogies of the Nanded-bound train derailed as the truck broke the closed boom gate at Madakasira after "overlooking all safety warnings" and hit a coach at around 2.20 AM, the Railways said.

The AC bogie was crushed and three sleeper coaches of the train derailed in the incident in Anantapur district.