If only she had leapt out of burning bogie

Last Updated 28 December 2013, 20:20 IST

Woman rushed inside bogie, with kid, to bring husband out and they all died.

Rescue personnel had some really tragic stories to tell at the spot of the inferno.

One such instance is that of a woman and her little daughter who were standing at the door of the burning AC compartment.

The rescue personnel asked her to jump out, along with the child, without wasting time. She said her husband was inside the compartment and that she would bring him also out. Once inside she did not come out, despite repeated calls. All three of the family were charred to death, said an official of the Railway Police, who was part of the rescue operations.

Death had got the better of many of those travelling in the B-1 bogie, in the same positions in which they were sleeping. While some were lying on the sleepers, others died in sleep in sitting position.

The bodies were lined up at the pandal erected at the accident spot and numbered. Body parts had severed from many of these. The stench of burnt bodies pervaded the place.
The police were busy collecting DNA samples from the bodies and packing them up, before being sent to Bangalore in ambulances.

Among the survivors is Vijaya Ramamurthy, 64, a resident of Krishnamurthypuram in Mysore, who jumped out and sustained a serious head injury. She has been shifted to the Anantapur district hospital. She is said to be out of danger.

The village residents were ruing that while those travelling second class survived, those in the well-furnished AC coach, having spent a fortune on the tickets, had died.

Onlookers, political leaders and their supporters crowded the place, creating chaos. In the melee, police turned away many people, who claimed they were relatives of the deceased.

(Published 28 December 2013, 20:20 IST)

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