Nagpur level crossing disaster
The Nagpur level crossing disaster was an accident that occurred on 3 February 2005, when a crowded trailer being towed by a tractor was hit by a train near the village of Kanan, 20 km from Nagpur in Maharashtra, India, causing 58 fatalities.
|Nagpur level crossing disaster|
Location of Maharashtra state in India
|Date||3 February 2005|
The accident happened on an isolated, unmanned level crossing, when a wedding party of 70 people was being transported to the ceremony on a trailer being towed by a tractor. The crossing had no attendant or barriers. The locomotive struck the trailer and stopped just after the crossing, the crumpled trailer still underneath it, and passengers provided what assistance they could until emergency services arrived. 58 people died in the crash or in the days following, and the surviving members of the party were all critically injured. The dead included at least 30 women and 18 children. No train passengers suffered more than minor injuries or shock.
The tragedy was one of a series of multiple-casualty accidents on India's overcrowded and under-maintained railway system, and resulted in demands that Transport Minister Laloo Prasad Yadav resign. The director of the South East Central Railway commented that no gate was installed at the rail crossing due to the low frequency of trains on the route, while assuring to look into the matter.
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