Gorakhpur, Oct 01: At least 12 people killed and 45 others were injured when two speeding passenger trains collided near Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh late Tuesday night, a railway official said.
The Krishak Express and Lucknow Barauni Express collided at the Gorakhpur Cantt Station late Tuesday night. According to Railway authorities, the death toll is likely to go up.
The two trains collided head on and the impact was such that it left four coaches damaged. Chief Public Relations Officer Alok Singh said that three coaches of Barauni Express were thrown off the track following the collision.
Railway Board Chairman Arunendra Kumar said, "The medical team is on the spot. The evacuation procedure is started. The reason will take some time to appear."
While the Krishak Express was going towards Gorakhpur from Varanasi, the Lucknow Barauni Express was going from Gorakhpur to Varanasi. The route currently stands disrupted affecting rail traffic.
One of the passengers said, "I was on the train. There was a collision. A coach of the Lucknow Barauni Express upturned. Many people have died."
The driver and assistant drivers of the Krishak train have been suspended.
Railways will provide Rs 50,000 to the families of dead and Rs 25,000 to those who were seriously injured.
The railway has also set up helpline for inquiries for various cities -- Gorakhpur (05513303365, 09794846980), Lucknow (05222233042), Chhapra (09006693233) and Benares (09919041978), the spokesperson said.
(With additional information from PTI)