16 killed as train hits jeep in UP

PTI Hathras (UP) | Updated on March 20, 2012 Published on March 20, 2012

Sixteen people were killed and three seriously injured when the Mathura-Kasganj Express rammed into an overcrowded jeep at an unmanned railway crossing here today.

The accident took place at the unmanned railway crossing near Maidu Railway Station this morning, the Superintendent of Police, Mr Chandra Prakash, said.

The jeep was carrying about 20 passengers from Sathia village in Sasni tehsil.

The Railway Minister, Mr Mukul Roy, has announced an ex gratia payment of Rs 2 lakh each to the family of those killed in the mishap and Rs 15,000 to the injured.

A railway spokesperson said in New Delhi that though the mishap took place due to the fault of the road users, the Minister has announced the ex-gratia as a “special gesture of compassion and sympathy for the victims.”

Railway sources in Delhi said the mishap took place when the jeep tried to cross the track even as the train was approaching.

There are 14,853 unmanned railway crossings in the country.

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Published on March 20, 2012
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