Three dead in collision between two goods trains in Madhya Pradesh


Singrauli (Madhya Pradesh), March 1, 2020

At least three people were killed morning when two freight trains collided near the Ghanhari village, seven kms from Madhya Pradesh's Singrauli district on Sunday morning, police said.

As many as 13 wagons and an engine were derailed in the incident.

The East Central Railway Public Relations department said the collision took place in the Merry Go Round (MGR) system, which is completely owned and operated by the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC), Rihand.

"The accident took place when Rihand load rake was proceeding to an empty line in the Rihand MGR circuit at 04:30 a.m. on Sunday at a distance of 26.5 km from the MGR; due to side collision of empty rake with loaded rake in which three casualties are suspected (one loco driver, Assistant loco driver and one pointsman, all non-Railway men)," it said.

The mishap has not affected rail passenger traffic as it occurred on a line exclusively used by the NTPC to ferry coal for power generation.

Details are being investigated by the NTPC. The railways said, "As per request of NTPC, Indian Railways is providing all support in the form of 140 Tonne Railway crane/ART, etc., for early restoration of the movement."