One dead, 100 injured as trains collide in Haryana
Mishap occurred after an EMU train hit an express from behind; eyewitnesses claimed the EMU motorman died because of the sloppy rescue efforts
Palwal: A motorman was killed and about 100 others were injured when an EMU shuttle train rammed into a stationary train from behind in Palwal district yesterday morning. Police officials said dense fog was the reason behind the accident.
Rescue workers at the accident site. Pic/PTI
The accident took place near Baghola village, about 60 km from New Delhi, when the EMU (electric multiple unit) shuttle train rammed into the Lokmanya Tilak-Haridwar Express that had halted on the same track since it did not get a signal to move forward. Northern Railway spokesman Neeraj Sharma confirmed the death of the EMU motorman.
Eyewitnesses alleged that rescue teams arrived late at the spot and did not even have gas cutters and other equipment to help bring out the trapped passengers. They alleged that the EMU driver was alive after the mishap, but died since he could not be evacuated immediately. Railway authorities said they were trying to restore traffic on the route.
Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar spoke to Palwal deputy commissioner and asked him to step up rescue and relief work.