Gorakhdham mishap toll rises to 28

Gorakhdham mishap toll rises to 28

The toll in the collision between the Gorakhdham Express and a stationary goods train in the Sant Kabir Nagar district of Uttar Pradesh rose to 28 with the recovery of three more bodies from the wreckage, including that of the assistant driver.

The mishap occurred on Monday at the Chureb railway station on the Lucknow-Gorakhpur section of the North Eastern Railway.

The toll could rise even further as seven of the injured remained in critical condition at the medical college hospital in Gorakhpur.

Over 50 others are being treated at the district hospital in Sant Kabir Nagar.

According to officials, the up-line of the railway track has been opened for traffic, while the down-line is likely to be cleared late on Wednesday. Personnel are working rigorously towards clearing the railway tracks and cutting through the train wreckage to gain entry into the coaches, railway officials said.

Prabhat Bajpai, Chief Commissioner of Railway Safety, is to arrive at the collision site on Thursday to begin the probe into the mishap.

So far, there have been conflicting reports on the cause of the mishap. While officials maintain that the Gorakhdham Express had derailed and then collided with a stationary goods train, eyewitnesses claimed that both the trains were on the same track.

As a result of the collision, several long-distance trains have either been cancelled or diverted.

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