14 killed in train collision near Gorakhpur

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Gorakhpur: Two speeding passenger trains collided near here late

Tuesday night, killing 14 people and injuring 45 others.

The Maduadeeh-Lucknow Krishak Express hit Barauni-bound express train

from Lucknowfrom the side while it was on the loop line at Nandanagar

railway crossing, about seven kilometers from here, at around 11 pm,

Chief Public Relation Officer of North-Eastern Railway Alok Kumar

Singh told a news agency today.

As a result of the collision, five unreserved general class coaches of

the Barauni Express derailed. The Krishak Express tore through the

fifth coach and badly damaged the sixth, seventh and the eight coach

of the Barauni Express.

Expressing grief at the loss of lives in the train collision in

eastern Uttar Pradesh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced an ex

gratia payment of Rs 2 lakh each to the next of kin of those killed in

the accident and Rs 50,000 each to the seriously injured from the

Prime Minister's National Relief Fund.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister

Akhilesh Yadav has also announced financial assistance for those

killed and injured.

Union Railway Minister DV Sadananda Gowda, meanwhile, expressed

profound grief over the loss of innocent lives in the accident.

The Railway Minister further announced an ex gratia of Rs 2 lakh each

to the next of kin of those who died in the tragedy, Rs 1 lakh each to

those grievously injured and Rs 20,000 each to those who sustained

less serious injuries.

Gowda has also directed to provide best treatment to people injured in

the accident on LJN Divison of North East Railway.

I am deeply hurt by the Train accident in Gorakhpur , my deepest

condolences for the families of 14 innocent people who lost their life

Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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