UP bus-train collision: 38 killed, 32 injured
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Last Updated: Friday, July 08, 2011, 00:36
  
Kanshiram Nagar (UP): At least 38 people were killed and 32 others injured when a train rammed into a bus carrying a marriage party at an unmanned crossing near here in the wee hours on Thursday.

The accident occurred at 2.20 am when the train going from Mathura to Chapra in Bihar rammed into the bus carrying a marriage party from Adupura village at the crossing in Dariyawganj area in this district.

More than 100 people were travelling on the ill-fated bus, official sources said.

Senior Uttar Pradesh Minister Swami Prasad Maurya said 38 people died in the mishap and announced an ex-gratia of Rs one lakh each to the kin of dead, Rs 50,000 to the grievously injured and Rs 25,000 to those with minor injuries.

Maurya, who reached the spot on the directives of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati, alleged the accident took place due to shortcomings of the Railways.

"The state government will write to the Railways, requesting it to deploy personnel at all unmanned railway crossings," he told reporters.

Union Minister of State for Railway K M Muniyappa and Chairman Railway Board Vinay Mittal rushed to Etah where they met the injured at the district hospital.

Muniyappa later said either gates would be installed or underpasses would be constructed at all unmanned railway crossings by 2015.

He alleged the state government was also responsible as proper indication marks were not being installed.

The Minister also distributed an additional help of Rs 10,000 each to the kin of those killed in the accident.

Shailaja Kumari, District Magistrate, Etah, said the injured have been admitted to various hospitals in Etah and Farukkhabad districts.

"The injured have been taken care of and they are now in various hospitals. Everybody is out of danger," she said.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh expressed extreme grief at the loss of life and announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh for the kin of each person killed, Rs 50,000 each for seriously injured and Rs 10,000 each for those with minor injuries.

Singh, who holds the Railway portfolio, also ordered a high-level inquiry by the Commissioner of Rail Safety into the mishap.

"CRS NER Prabhat Kumar Bajpai will conduct an inquiry into the incident on July 8 and 9," officials spokesman of Izzatnagar division said.

Expressing heartfelt sympathies with the victims of the accident, Mayawati asked the Chief Secretary to be in touch with the Railway Board to ensure adequate compensation for the victims.

Governor B L Joshi expressed deep condolences over the deaths.

Expressing grief over the incident, SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav has demanded an ex-gratia of Rs 10 lakh to the kin of those killed in the accident and Rs 50,000 to the injured.

PTI


First Published: Friday, July 08, 2011, 00:36


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