Thane: As many as 1,220 persons
lost their lives in the last five years due to various train
accidents in India, out of which, the mishaps occurred at the
unmanned level crossings accounted for 717 fatalities, which
is 59 per cent of the total.
The Railway Board has provided these year-wise (April
to March) figures in reply to an RTI query filed by the
president of Thane District Rail Passengers` Association, Om
The reply also states that the deaths due to unmanned
level crossing was 146 in 2006-07, 148 in 2007-08, 129 in
2008-09, 170 in 2009-10 and 124 in 2010-11.
As per the year-wise breakup, the number of people
killed due to train mishaps was maximum in 2010-11, with 374
registered deaths. There were 208 deaths in 2006-07, 191 in
2007-08, 209 in 2008-09 and 238 in 2009-10.
According to the Railway Board, deaths due to train
collisions was maximum (239) in 2010-11. Of the total number
of deaths in 2010-11, 64 per cent which is 239 of the total
was on account of collision. Out of the 49 deaths due to train
derailment, 13 were in 2007-08, the reply added.
In the last five years, the total number of persons
injured in train accidents was 2,124, out of which, 469 were
registered in 2010-11. The number of injured was 402 in
2006-07, 412 in 2007-08, 444 in 2008-09, and 397 in 2009-10,
Gupta said, "The number of train
accidents and the resulting loss of human lives is on the
rise, as revealed by the Railway Board figures. The railway
authorities should immediately take precautionary measures,
especially at the unmanned level crossings, so that precious
human lives are not lost."