A goods train carrying petrol and diesel from Nanded to Manmad, at Gadhejalgaon, runs over a dozen migrant workers who were sleeping on the railway tracks. At least fourteen workers were crushed to death while five of them escaped with injuries and they have been admitted to a hospital. The village falls under the limits of Karmad police station in Maharashtra’s Aurangabad district.
According to the sources, the incident took place at around 5:30. These workers were working for a major steel plant in the neighbouring district of Jalna and were headed back to Madhya Pradesh amid coronavirus lockdown. RPF and local police reached the spot to investigate the situation and there is more information to come, said chief public relation officer.
All of the migrant workers were walking through the railway path to reach the Aurangabad railway station for boarding trains to their hometown in the northern states of India. Aurangabad station on Thursday flagged off a train to Madhya Pradesh. They wanted to avoid getting prevented by the police and so they chose the railway.
The migrant workers decided to take rest on the railway tracks after walking for several kilometres and decided to resume their journey on Friday morning. Aurangabad SP Mokshada Patil said the workers were walking all the way from Jalna to Bhuvasal, a distance nearly 170 km to catch a train to return home. Vice President Venkaiah Naidu tweeted condolences to the bereaved families, “Deeply saddened to learn about the loss of lives in a train mishap in Aurangabad, Maharashtra. My heartfelt condolences to bereaved families.”