LUCKNOW: Fifteen people died and over 50 were injured as two coaches of the Dehradun-Varanasi Janta Express derailed in Uttar Pradesh’s Rae Bareli district.
The accident took place around 9.30 am as the train was coming to a stop at the Bachhrawan railway station – 30 km from Rae Bareli.It was likely that there was a brake failure, news agency ANI quoted railway sources as saying. The engine and two compartments were hit.
In a series of tweets, Railway Minister Suresh Parbhu said Railways has been prioritising safety as a “thrust area”. An inquiry has been ordered into the incident, he also said.
This budget I focused on Safety as I feel saddened by loss of life and injuries to our valued passengers. We must modernise crumbling infra Suresh Prabhu (@sureshpprabhu) March 20, 2015
Neglect of past or limited budget resource can’t be the reason for accidents, though it takes some time to neutralise past inaction we willSuresh Prabhu (@sureshpprabhu) March 20, 2015A team of doctors from Lucknow’s King George Medical University have been sent to the spot to treat the injured.
An ex gratia of Rs. 2 lakh has been declared for the next of kin of the deceased, those injured will be given Rs. 50000.