Three dead in collision between two freight trains in Madhya Pradesh

SINGRAULI: Three people died after two freight trains collided near a village in the Singrauli district of Madhya Pradesh early Sunday morning, police said.

The route on which the accident occurred is administered by (NTPC) for the transport of coal from Madhya Pradesh to Uttar Pradesh, a police officer said.

The accident occurred around 4.40 in the morning when a coal-laden train heading to Uttar Pradesh from the Amlori mine in Madhya Pradesh collided with an empty freight train near the village of Ghanhari, located about seven kilometers from here. , Singrauli's additional police superintendent, Pradeep Shende, told PTI.

Thirteen wagons of one of the trains and an engine jumped off the tracks after the collision.

So far three bodies have been removed from the engine, the officer said.

The deceased were identified as Ramlakhan Bais (29), a local resident, Rasheed Ahmed (65) and Mandeep Kumar (26), both from Uttar Pradesh, said, adding that they appear to be train locomotive drivers and a Points -man.

The route on which the accident occurred is administered by the National Thermal Energy Corporation for the transport of coal from Madhya Pradesh to Uttar Pradesh, Shende said.

It seems that the accident occurred due to an error on the part of the drivers or due to some signaling failure, he said.

The accident has not affected rail passenger traffic, as it occurred on the road used exclusively by the NTPC to transport coal for power generation, he added.

Meanwhile, the head of public relations (CPRO) at East Central Railway, Rajesh Kumar, said in a statement that Indian Railways has nothing to do with the accident.

He said the accident took place in the Merry Go Round (MGR) system, fully owned and operated by NTPC, Rihand.

The NTPC is investigating the matter.

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