GORAKHPUR: Two passenger trains collided in India’s northern Uttar Pradesh state on Tuesday, killing at least three and injuring 10 others.
The collision took place at 11.15 pm (1745 GMT) near northern Gorakhpur city.
Chairman of Indian Railway Board, Arunendra Kumar, said three people had died and 10 were injured in the collision.
“The three have expired and about 10 injuries have been reported but the casualty figure is yet not final. The relief operations are in full swing,” Kumar said in New Delhi.
Kumar said a helpline has been started for the passengers.
Meanwhile, Chief Public Relation Officer (CPRO) of North Eastern Railway (NER), Alok Singh, said the trains had side collision.
“The train that travels from Lucknow to Barauni 5204, and the other train that goes from Munduadih to Lucknow, 5007, Krishak Express had side collision near Gorakhpur Cantt. We have just reached the site and are starting the rescue operation. We are taking the injured to the hospital,” said Singh.
Ambulances and medical teams were rushed to the spot and injured are being treated at a hospital.
Movement of trains on Gorakhpur-Varanasi track was disrupted following the incident.
India’s creaking railways are known for their poor safety record, something PM Narendra Modi has vowed to fix. In May a passenger train collided with a stationary goods train in Uttar Pradesh, killing at least 40 people and injuring more than 150.