New Delhi: At least 14 people were killed when a freight train overtook migrant workers in Aurangabad, Maharashtra, on Friday morning. In addition, five people were injured. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed regret over the tragic accident and said he had spoken to Railway Minister Piyush Goyal.
After the accident, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, ‘I am deeply saddened by the loss of life in a train accident in Aurangabad, Maharashtra. I have spoken to Railway Minister Shri Piyush Goyal and he is keeping an eye on the whole incident. All necessary assistance is being provided.
Extremely anguished by the loss of lives due to the rail accident in Aurangabad, Maharashtra. Have spoken to Railway Minister Shri Piyush Goyal and he is closely monitoring the situation. All possible assistance required is being provided.Advertisement
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) May 8, 2020
At the same time, Railway Minister Piyush Goel expressed regret over the accident and tweeted, “At 5:22 this morning, we, the sleeping workers, received the sad news that the goods had come down for training between Badanpur and Karmad stations in Nanded division. Relief work is underway, and an investigation has been ordered. I pray to God for the peace of the disembodied soul.’
During early hours today after seeing some labourers on track, loco pilot of goods train tried to stop the train but eventually hit them between Badnapur and Karmad stations in Parbhani-Manmad section
Injureds have been taken to Aurangabad Civil Hospital.
Inquiry has been ordered
— Ministry of Railways (@RailMinIndia) May 8, 2020
The Ministry of Railways said that the loco pilot of the freight train tried to stop the train after seeing the railway workers, but could not do so. The injured have been admitted to Aurangabad Civil Hospital. In addition, the matter has been directed to investigate.
The workers were asleep in the truck
The accident took place near Karmad railway station in Aurangabad while workers were sleeping on the railway tracks. An official told PTI that all the workers were on their way to Bhusawal from Jalana. Some of them had to go to Madhya Pradesh and some had to go to Chhattisgarh. He said all the railways were running side by side. Meanwhile, due to fatigue, he himself fell asleep on the railway track.
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