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34 dead in Punjab train mishap

A Correspondent in Jalandhar | December 14, 2004 13:41 IST
Last Updated: December 14, 2004 18:13 IST

At least 34 people were killed and around 50 injured in a head-on collision between two passenger trains in Hoshiarpur district of Punjab on Tuesday.

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The collision occurred between the Jammu Tawi Ahmedabad express and Jalandhar-Pathankot Diesel Multiple Unit passenger train at Mansar, around 40 km from Jalandhar, at noon.

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Sources said both trains were given the green signal on the single-line Jalandhar-Pathankot section of the Northern Railway. While the local train was cleared from the Bangara railway station, the Ahmedabad-bound express train was given the go ahead from Chak Kalan.

General Manager, Northern Railway, Satish Mohan Vaish, said: "It's obvious that one of the two stations involved goofed up."

Paramjit Singh Saraho, DIG (Jalandhar range), told NDTV India from the spot that 28 bodies were removed from the wreckage. The injured, he said, were admitted to the Civil Hospital in Mukerian and Army Hospital in Pathankot.

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, in a statement in the state assembly, put the number of fatalities at 50.

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Drivers of both the trains were among the dead, a spokesman of the Northern Railway said.

Railway Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav, who was in Parliament when the accident took place, left for the spot accompanied by senior railway officials in a special train.

Rail services on the Jalandhar-Pathankot section were suspended.

Three coaches of the DMU and one of the express train alongwith the two engines were badly damaged in the collision.

The railways announced an ex-gratia of Rs 100,000 to the next of the kin of those dead and Rs 15,000 each to those grievously injured and Rs 5000 to those with minor injuries.

The residents of nearby villages, including Mirthala and Bangara, were among the first to reach the spot followed by
police and civil officials.

The train was scheduled to reach Ahmedabad on Wednesday with at least 130 passengers.

Also see:

The Ghaisal train accident
Frontier Mail Tragedy
The Rajdhani Express Accident

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Sub: Train Mishap

It is s indeed unfortunate that lots of people died in the train accident. But wht is more distressing is that Rly. minister is granting ...

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This would be a good time to get rid of Lalu..... My heartfelt condolence to the families of the dead and recommend the highest punishment ...

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Sub: Such a shame

It is such a shameful thing to happen repeatedly caliming so many innocent lives. What does all this events bring some sense to the corrupt ...

Posted by Nagesh

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Like all accidents in the past, this too will be quickly forgotten by everybody. Railways will set up an inquiry commission headed by retired judgde. ...

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How come 2 trains in the same line?. Select some good and efficient people for work or promote correct people for these kind of posts. ...

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