Amritsar train tragedy: Worst accident caused by trespassing in the history of railways

13 Children were killed after train rammed into school van at railway crossing in UP's Kushinagar.

Published: 20th October 2018 04:44 PM  |   Last Updated: 20th October 2018 04:44 PM   |  A+A-


Image of trains used for representational purpose only. (File Photo| Reuters)


NEW DELHI: The accident in Amritsar Friday night in which at least 59 people were mowed down by trains during Dussehra celebrations was the worst in the history of railways where so many lives were lost due to trespassing on the tracks.

Here is a list of some other such accidents:

  • June 4, 2002:  The Kasganj level crossing disaster occurred when a Kanpur: Kasganj Express collided with a passenger bus in Uttar Pradesh, killing 30 and injuring 29.

  • June 4, 2010: The Coimbatore-Mettupalayam special train collided with a mini-bus at an unmanned level-crossing at Idigarai near Coimbatore, killing 5.

  • July 7, 2011: A Mathura-Chhapra Express hit a bus at an unmanned level crossing in Thanagaon of Uttar Pradesh's Kanshiram Nagar district, killing 38 and injuring 30.

  • February 26, 2012: The Trivandrum-Kozhikode Jan Shatabdi Express struck people who were standing on the track to watch fireworks, killing 3 and injuring 1.

  • March 20, 2012: A train collided with an overloaded taxi minivan at an unmanned railroad crossing in northern Uttar Pradesh, 296 km from Lucknow, killing 15.

  • March 26, 2012: A MEMU commuter train collided with a boulder-carrying truck at the Kannamangala gate on the outskirts of Bangalore, killing the pilot and driver.

  • July 23, 2014: A Nanded passenger train collided with a school bus at an unmanned level-crossing in Masaipet village of Medak district, killing 18.

  • Jan 17, 2017: Two 15-year-old boys wanting to take selfies in front of an approaching train were killed when they were hit by another train running on an adjacent track. This happened near Akshardham station in Delhi.

  • April 25, 2018: 13 Children were killed after train rammed into school van at railway crossing in UP's Kushinagar.


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  • sathya

    People should learn lessons from the terrible and shocking train accidents that happen quite often. This is not an isolated one . An accident of same nature has happened in Kerala a few years ago
    3 years ago reply
  • satheesh

    26 Die as Crowd Panics
    3 years ago reply
  • Snapeeds

    This is wrong.. the biggest i remember is the Sealdah express mowing down down more people at the Modah crossing in Faizabad
    3 years ago reply
  • Jas

    Do not blame trains
    3 years ago reply
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