Lucknow, May 26 :
At least 25 people were killed and 100 injured Monday when an express train rammed into a stationary goods train in Uttar Pradesh, officials said.
The accident took place in Sant Kabir Nagar district, about 230 km from here, around 11 a.m. As a result of the impact of the collision, six coaches of the Gorakhdham Express – one AC coach, one sleeper, and four general – were derailed.
District authorities confirmed that 15 bodies were taken out from the coaches while 10 passengers died in hospital. They said 100 people were injured in the accident.
Senior railway officials, however, refused to confirm the number of dead and said that the priority as of now was to rescue the injured and send them to hospital.
The express train was headed to Gorakhpur from New Delhi. The first six coaches of the Gorakhdham train have been severely damaged.
D.D. Pandey, the station master of Khalilabad railway station near which the accident took place, absconded soon after the accident. He apparently gave the green signal to the passenger train while the goods train was standing on the same track.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav offered condolences to the victims’ families and deputed state Health Minister Ahmad Hasan to oversee the rescue and relief operations.
Besides, he directed the district authorities to provide prompt medical help to those injured.
Pranab, Modi, Sinia condole deaths
President Pranab Mukherjee, Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi and Congress president Sonia Gandhi Monday condoled the death in a train accident in Uttar Pradesh.
“I am saddened to learn about the train accident in which a number of people lost their lives and some were injured near Khalilabad in Uttar Pradesh,” the president said in a message to Governor B.L. Joshi.
“I am sure that the state government and other agencies are taking necessary steps to provide urgent medical assistance to the injured and all possible aid to the bereaved families, who lost their near and dear ones,” he added.
Modi too expressed his condolences to the kin of those killed and spoke to a top official to “ensure timely assistance to those injured”.
“My condolences to families of those who lost their lives in the Gorakhdham Express tragedy. Prayers with the injured,” Modi tweeted.
“Spoke to the cabinet secretary. Asked him to take an overview of the situation and ensure timely assistance to those injured,” he added.
Expressing “shock and grief” over the accident, Sonia Gandhi said she was “anguished at the death of passengers in the tragedy” and offered her condolences to the families of the dead.
She also wished a speedy recovery to those injured, said a statement from the Congress.
Bharatiya Janata Party national president and MP from Lucknow Rajnath Singh and former UP chief minister Mayawati also offered their condolences.
At least six people were killed and scores injured when the Gorakhdham Express train rammed into a stationary goods train in Sant Kabir Nagar district of Uttar Pradesh around 11 a.m.
Over 50 people have been admitted to various medical facilities and the casualties could increase, officials said.