viernes, 28 de septiembre de 2012

Train hits college bus, 7 students killed near Siwan, Bihar

Seven students, including two girls of a private engineering college, were killed when the Howrah-Kathgodam Express rammed into a college bus at a manned railway crossing near Siwan. Shocked at the incident, a furious mob set the engine and one bogie of the train on fire, damaged the railway crossing gate and pelted the train with stones. The incident happened when the train hit the bus as it was trying to cross the track after finding the level crossing gate open, according to preliminary findings. "The train driver jumped the red signal," a source said, adding that the manned crossing was equipped with interlocking system -- this means if the crossing gate is open, the signal would automatically get red. He said an inquiry by commissioner railway safety has been ordered. An eyewitness said the manned level crossing gate was not closed when the train was passing through. The situation turned volatile soon after the mishap. As the mob, mostly students, went on the rampage, hapless passengers in the train ran helter-skelter to save their lives. The GRP, local police and RPF personnel remained silent witnesses to the incident. However, the situation was brought under control when senior officers reached the site with reinforcements and pacified the agitated mob. "Prima facie, it appears that there was a major lapse in railway system which caused the accident," admitted CPRO of NE Railway, Amit Singh. The accident is a wake up call for new railway minister CP Joshi as he has <b>...</b>
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