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Jharkhand: At Least Two Killed as Train Runs Over Passengers at Railway Station

Two persons who were walking on the track were run over on the 'up' line at Jamtara.
A screengrab from a video of the site of the accident at Jharkhand's Jamtara.

New Delhi: A train ran over passengers at the Kalajharia railway station in Jharkhand’s Jamtara late on February 28, killing at least two people.

The final toll is yet unclear, but reports have said that several may be dead. Some others have it that the toll is 12.

Reports also say that the passengers jumped onto the track over the speculation that there was a fire, when the train which was coming into the station crushed them to death.

However, the Eastern Railway CPRO said that there was no fire. Its statement to the press notes that train no 12254 (Anga Express) was passing between Vidyasagar and Kasitar when it was stopped at 7 pm because someone had pulled a chain.

Seven minutes later, it said, two persons who were walking on the track were run over on the up line by a MEMU train, “at least two kilometres away from where the train stopped.”

The Hindu has quoted Divisional Railway Manager, Asansol, Chetna Nand Singh as having said that the two persons killed were not Anga Express passengers.

Singh, similar to the Eastern Railways’ statement said, “The incident took place about 1 km from the stoppage of Angan Express.”

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