The accident took place in Aurangabad, Maharashtra when an empty rake of goods wagon ran over workers walking back to their home state Madhya Pradesh
New Delhi: A day after toxic gas leak from a plant in Vizag, which killed 11 people, at least 16 people lost their lives in a train accident in Maharashtra's Aurangabad on Friday morning.
According to reports, the accident took place near Karmad in Aurangabad when an empty rake of goods wagon ran over around 20 workers who were asleep on the tracks. These migrant workers were walking back to their home state Madhya Pradesh after they lost their livelihoods due to COVID-19 lockdown.
According to a tweet by Ministry of Railways, " During early hours today after seeing some labourers on track, loco pilot of goods train tried to stop the train but eventually hit them between Badnapur and Karmad stations in Parbhani-Manmad section Injureds have been taken to Aurangabad Civil Hospital. Inquiry has been ordered."
The Maharashtra government announced Rs 5 lakh ex gratia amount for the families of those deceased in the train accident.
Prime minister Narendra Modi condoled the deaths. “Extremely anguished by the loss of lives due to the rail accident in Aurangabad, Maharashtra. Have spoken to Railway Minister Shri Piyush Goyal and he is closely monitoring the situation. All possible assistance required is being provided," he wrote on Twitter.