Twelve people were injured after two trains collided with each other near Hyderabad’s Kacheguda Railway Station on Monday morning. The injured were taken to the Osmania General Hospital.
No deaths have been reported so far.
The driver of one of the trains was trapped between the wreckage. He is being supplied with oxygen and on-the-spot medical aid while authorities work to safely extricate him. NDRF personnel later rescued him, and was transferred to the hospital.
Preliminary investigations suggest it was a manual error that led to the collision.
The trains collided when they were at a low speed, therefore the impact of the crash has been significantly low.
A CCTV footage revealed the collision of the two trains.
CCTV footage of two trains colliding head on in Hyderabad this morning. pic.twitter.com/UVT5zXWE5j
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In a press release, South Central Railway said: “Six coaches of the MMTS service and three coaches of the Hundry Express have been damaged. The 12 passengers were rushed to Osmania General Hospital, of whom two were discharged.”
The Railway Ministry has announced compensation of Rs. 5,000 each to passengers with minor injuries and Rs. 25,000 each to passengers having grievous injuries.
The accident led to South Central Railway to partially cancel at least 20 trains.
A high-level inquiry into the collision has been ordered.
Railways Minister Piyush Goel tweeted: “Received the tragic news of the train accident in Hyderabad & immediate instructions have been given to the authorities for assistance & monitoring. Railway administration is extending assistance & have made arrangements for the treatment of the injured at the accident site.”