Two coaches of a Delhi-bound Rajdhani Express derailed on Thursday morning after it was hit by a truck near Thandla in Madhya Pradesh, an official said. The truck rammed into the train at a manned level crossing between Godhra and Ratlam, killing the truck driver, according to sources. However, no passengers were injured.
Rajesh Dutt Bajpai, the Media and Corporate Communication Director of the Railways Ministry, said that the incident took place around 6:44 am when the truck broke the gates of a manned level crossing and hit the B7 and B8 coaches of the 12431 Hazrat Nizamuddin-Trivandrum Rajdhani Express, according to news agency ANI
A spokesperson for the Western Railway said as quoted by news agency ANI, “All the passengers of affected coaches have been shifted to the other coaches and 12431 Rajdhani Express has been moved ahead from the accident site leaving the affected coaches. Restoration work is on to start the lines at the site as soon as possible.”
#UPDATE: The truck driver died after he rammed into a manned level crossing between Godhra & Ratlam and hit Trivandrum Rajdhani train at 6:44 am today. Two coaches were derailed. No injuries reported to any passenger. #MadhyaPradesh pic.twitter.com/mWWcgnW3Gy— ANI (@ANI) October 18, 2018
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Another truck rams into motorbike in UP
Meanwhile in Uttar Pradesh too, two people were killed when a truck hit their motorbike in Chitbadgaon area in Ballia, police said Thursday.
The incident took place on Wednesday when Dharmendra Rai and Vinod were riding in a bike which was hit by the truck, police said. Both died on the spot, they said. An FIR has been lodged and a manhunt launched to arrest the accused truck driver. according to a PTI report.