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14 killed, 45 injured in train collision near Gorakhpur

At least 14 people died and around 50 got injured after two speeding passenger trains collided near Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday night.

Chief Public Relation Officer of North-Eastern Railway Alok Kumar Singh said that the accident happened after Maduadeeh-Lucknow Krishak Express hit Barauni-bound express train from Lucknow from the side while it was on the loop line at Nandanagar railway crossing at around 11 pm.

The collision left three coaches of Barauni Express totally damaged.

Union Railway Minister DV Sadananda Gowda has expressed grief over the loss of lives in the accident.

He also announced n ex gratia of Rs 2 lakh each to the next of kin of those who died in the tragedy, Rs 1 lakh each to those grievously injured and Rs 20,000 each to those who sustained less serious injuries.

"I am deeply hurt by the Train accident in Gorakhpur , my deepest condolences for the families of 14 innocent people who lost their life," tweeted the minister.

"Its loco pilot's mistake ,who neglected the signal, The loco pilot has been suspended, Strict action will be taken for negligence," he added.

Alok Kumar Singh added that Loco pilot of Krishak Express Ram Bahadur and assistant Loco pilot Satyajeet have been suspended for overshooting the signal.

"Prima facie it appears the Krishak Express was supposed to stop, but it overshot the signal," he said. The train was going towards Lucknow while Barauni express was coming from Lucknow.

"An inquiry has been ordered by the railway under Commissioner Rail Safety PK Bajpai to ascertain the cause of the incident," Railway spokesman Anil Saxena said.