In a mishap, Lucknow-Meerut Rajya Rani Express collided with a tanker near Gausganj in Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday. One person has reportedly died in the accident while five people were injured, as per the report by the news agency ANI. The injured were admitted to the hospital. 32- year-old driver of the tanker reportedly died at the spot. According to district magistrate, Bareilly, R Vikram Singh, the accident took place near Pitambarpur station, located almost 20 kilometres from the district headquarters, reported PTI. “The accident took place at Gausganj Pulia railway crossing near Pitambarpur station, where the tanker was hit by the Rajya Rani Express as it was crossing a manned level crossing. Driver of the tanker Sohan Lal, 32, died on the spot,” Singh said.
The district magistrate was quoted as saying that the vehicles were arranged to ferry passengers who were to get down in Bareilly. He further said that the crossing was a manned level crossing, and why its gate was not closed before the arrival of train will be probed by the Railways.
As of now the traffic on the rail route is yet to resume. Singh said that the railway officials informed the railway line was in proper condition, but the engine of the Rajya Rani Express had been damaged, he said.