Nine people were killed and 40 injured on Sunday when two trains collided in Andhra Pradesh, said police, months after the horrific three-train collision in Odisha that killed over 280.
“Till now 40 people have been injured. 32 have been shifted to Vizianagaram Government Hospital. 1 in Vishaka NRI Hospital, 2 in Medicover Hospital. 4 are in critical condition. All the injured are from Andhra Pradesh”, Vizianagaram District administration said.
A special passenger train going from Visakhapatnam to Palasa had stopped on tracks between Alamanda and Kantakapalle near Kothsavatsala because of no signal when the Vizag-Raigad passenger train rammed it, derailing three coaches.
Railways sources said the tragedy was a result of human error, adding that signalling was not noticed by loco pilot.
Expressing shock over the incident, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy instructed officials to pay a compensation of ₹ 10 lakh each to the family of the deceased and ₹ 2 lakh each to the injured from the state.
He also announced a compensation of ₹ 2 lakh each for the family of the deceased and ₹ 50,000 each for the injured from other states, according to an official release.