At least five people were killed and several injured after a passenger train collided with a truck and a motorcycle at a railway crossing in India's Uttar Pradesh on Thursday morning.
According to the district officials, the accident occurred at around 5.30am (local time) at the Hulasnagla railway crossing in the state's Shahjahanpur district.
Atleast five dead after a collision of a passenger train with a truck and a bike at Katra railway crossing on Delhi-Lucknow National Highway in Shahjahanpur. The crossing was open and the train was also given signal. @Uppolice @Benarasiyaa pic.twitter.com/7LiXTgYLEV— Kanwardeep singh (@KanwardeepsTOI) April 22, 2021
Speaking to Sputnik, District Magistrate of Shahjahanpur district Indira Vikram Singh said that following the incident, the Chandigarh-Lucknow super-fast express train's engine was damaged but a major accident has been averted as the train which was carrying hundreds of passengers and could have derailed.
"Preliminary investigation has revealed that the crossing was open when the express train rammed the vehicles. A probe has been ordered" he said.
The injured are undergoing treatment at a government hospital.
Meanwhile, the district administration has announced an ex gratia payment of INR 200,000 ($2,665) to the families of the deceased.