A Railways driver was reported dead after a train collided with a cement mixer truck in Punjab on Saturday afternoon, reported Amar Ujala. The accident reportedly took place at the Firozpur-Fazilka rail section, near Sukhera village. The deceased was identified as Vikas, a resident of Uttar Pradesh. After the accident, the driver of the trolley escaped from the scene. In the accident, the engine of the train was badly damaged while the trolley was completely destroyed. According to the report, Gurdev Singh, who was deployed on the railway crossing, was trying to stop the trolley but failed to do so, leading to the accident. Fortunately, no passengers were injured in the incident. The train was going from Firozpur to Fazilka.
The Indian Railways has been in the news recently for multiple train derailments and accidents. In August, at least 20 passengers were killed and over 80 others injured after 14 coaches of the Puri-Haridwar Kalinga Utkal Express derailed at Khatauli, 25 km from Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh. The accident took place when the train was crossing the Khatauli station yard at a speed of 105 kmph. According to a report by The Indian Express, 14 coaches between the first five and the last four went off the tracks suddenly, including 10 non-AC Sleeper, one AC-III tier, one AC-II tier and a pantry car.
Last week, a tragedy took place at Elphinstone road station in Mumbai in which 23 people were killed. The incident took place when Mumbai rains combined with heavy rush due to festivals led to a stampede at the foot over bridge of the Elphinstone road station.
Since November last year, the Indore-Patna Express derailed near Kanpur, killing 150 passengers. The Sealdah Ajmer Express derailed a month later, injuring 63 passengers. In January this year, 32 people died after the Hirakhand Express derailed near Vizianagram in Andhra Pradesh. According to official data, 2016-17 saw 99 accidents which involved casualties — track defects were detected in 40 of these accidents.