Three killed, 17 hurt in train mishap due to fog in UP
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Last Updated: Sunday, January 17, 2010, 00:11
  
Tundla (UP): At least three persons were killed and 17 others injured when the Kanpur-bound Kalindi Express rammed into the stationary Shram Shakti Express near here early Saturday amid poor visibility, the fourth fog-related train mishap in the last fortnight.

The Bhiwani-Kanpur Central Kalindi Express hit the stationary train from behind near Mitawali-Tundla crossing at around 8.10 am, Railway officials said. Tundla is 409 kms from Allahabad.

The guard van and a coach of Shram Shakti Express, going from Delhi to Kanpur, were badly damaged and derailed.

"Three persons have been killed and 17 others injured," North-Central Railway spokesperson RD Vajpai said. The dead included two women and a three-year-old child. Among the injured were two drivers of the Kalindi Express.

Cracking the whip, Railways suspended Divisional Railway Manager (Allahabad) SK Agarwal, senior Divisional Mechanical Engineer Vinit Singh and two drivers of Kalindi Express -- Ram Prakash and Satpal Singh Yadav were suspended.

With dense fog continuing be a cause of concern, Railways issued revised guidelines under which trains have to halt for five minutes instead of two minutes at the red signal.

The Railway Ministry ordered an inquiry by Commissioner, Railway Safety, PK Vajpayee into the accident.

An ex-gratia amount of Rs 5 lakh was announced for the next of kin of the dead, Rs 1 lakh to those seriously injured and Rs 10,000 to those with simple injuries, Railway Ministry spokesperson Anil Kumar Saxena said in Delhi.

The dead were identified as Rama Devi and three-year-old Mohit from Kanpur. The third victim has not yet been identified.

Earlier on January 2, ten people were killed and 45 injured in three train accidents in Uttar Pradesh amid dense fog and near zero visibility conditions.

13 trains including Lucknow-bound Shatabdi Express, Kalka-Howrah Kalka Mail, and North-East Express were diverted.

On January 2, eight women and two men were among those killed when the Bhiwani-Gorakhpur Gorakhdham Express rammed into stationary Prayagraj Express at Panki railway station in Kanpur district in heavy fog.

On the same day, the Delhi-Sitamarhi Licchavi Express hit the stationary Magadh Express near Etawah, injuring the driver, while in Pratapgarh, the Sarayu Express rammed into a tractor-trolley at an unmanned railway crossing.

PTI


First Published: Sunday, January 17, 2010, 00:11


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