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Train rams into truck, kills 2 in Orissa
BHUBANESWAR, Mar 15 (Agencies):
Published on 15 Mar. 2010 11:58 PM IST
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The New Delhi-bound Sampark Kranti Express rammed into a truck at an unmanned level crossing near Barang on Sunday afternoon leaving two persons dead. The accident occurred at about 4.22 pm, a few minutes after the train left the City station. Police said the injured were rushed to SCB Medical College, Cuttack but two of them succumbed there. They have been identified as Giri Gobardhan and Muna Sahu. The rest are in a critical state, hospital administrator Bhuban Mohan Moharana said. Eyewitnesses told the police that the truck, carrying six persons, was passing through the level crossing when the superfast Express train rammed the rear of the vehicle. All six persons, including the driver and helper of the truck, were grievously injured under the impact of the collision. The truck was badly damaged. Barang Police rushed to the spot and shifted the injured to SCB Medical. It was not known if the truck driver was aware of the train’s movement. The accident, however, did not affect the movement of other trains. But Sampark Kranti Express had to be brought back to Barang station by using a light engine. The train left for its destination several hours later with a new engine. A series of mishaps at the railway level crossing under East Coast Railways jurisdiction in the past had the authorities embark upon a campaign to sensitise people about safety norms while passing through such junctions. Since railway authorities feel the mishaps occur mostly due to negligence of road users, it was decided that safety and engineering officials should meet sarpanches of villages, identified as vulnerable to accidents, and impress upon them the need to educate residents about motor vehicle safety rules so that such accidents do not recur.

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