Bangalore: At least 25 passengers were killed, 16 of them charred, and 43 injured when the Bangalore- bound Hampi Express rammed a stationary goods train after its driver apparently overshot the signal near the station here in the wee hours on May 22.
Shocked survivors said it was an unbearable and gory sight to see fellow passengers burning and screaming for help as they stood helpless due to the searing heat. The cries of burning passengers still rang in their ears, they said on arrival in Bangalore, about 150 km from here.
Most of the victims were laborers coming from Hubli and Hospet in Karnataka and were on their way to Bangalore.
“As of now, 25 people have died and 43 people are injured in the train tragedy. The injured have been shifted to different hospitals across Anantpur district,” Railway Minister Mukul Roy, who rushed to the accident site, told reporters.