Several Dead After Migrants Runover by Goods Train near Aurangabad

Several migrants are reported dead after they were run over by a goods train between Karmad and Badnapur station. The stretch is approximately 25 kilometres away from Aurangabad in Maharashtra.

The accident occurred at KM 139/4 on the Manmad-Aurangabad-Nanded section of South Central Railway, at around 5.22 am today, according to reports.

UPDATE 3: Official Statement from South Central Railway on the Karmad Migrant Train Runover accident.

In an unfortunate incident that occurred in the wee hours of 8th May, 2020 morning i.e., around 05.22 hrs, a group of persons who were sleeping on railway tracks, were hit by a goods train proceeding towards Manmad. The incident occurred between Badnapur and Karmad stations on the Parbhani – Manmad section of Nanded Division.

Out of the group comprising of about 19 persons, 14 succumbed to death on the spot and 02 persons have succumbed to the injuries subsequently. One person with minor injuries is being treated at the Aurangabad Civil Hospital. The incident occurred, even as the Loco Pilot of the Goods Train honked the horn as soon as he noticed the group of people infringing the rail tracks and also made all possible efforts to stop the train.

Immediately on receipt of information, Senior Officials of Railway Protection Force (RPF), the Security wing of the Railways rushed to the spot along with Officers from other departments. The Divisional Railway Manager, Nanded Division Shri Upinder Singh also reached the site to personally monitor relief operations. A Medical Relief Van (MRV) comprising of a team of Doctors, Nurses and other para-medical staff along with medicines and medical equipment also rushed to the spot to undertake medical relief measures. Shri Gajanan Mallya, General Manager, SCR held a meeting with Principal Heads of Departments, immediately on receipt of information about the incident and directed that the relief and rescue operations be taken up at the fastest.

A high-level inquiry headed by Commissioner of Railway Safety (South Central Circle) has been ordered to investigate the incident and arrive at the cause. Shri Piyush Goyal, Hon’ble Minister of Railways is closely monitoring the situation and is being briefed on the steps taken in this regard.

End of statement

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also expressed his condolences on Twitter.

Minister of Railways Piyush Goyal also posted a tweet on the accident.

This report will be updated as more information becomes available.

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