Fourteen persons were injured when a local train hit a truck on a level crossing near Morbi town in Rajkot district late on Monday evening.
The incident took place when Morbi-Wankaner Diesel-Electric Multiple Unit (DEMU) train hit a truck at the unmanned railway crossing near Bhadiad village,some 10 km south of Morbi at around 8.30 pm,police said Tuesday. The train was on its way to Wankaner from Morbi.
The driver of the truck did not see the train approaching. The train hit the truck in the middle and cut it into two, Morbi taluka Police Sub-Inspector (PSI) Mahipalsinh Jhala said. The trailer was loaded with coal.
Under the impact,the train came to a sudden halt injuring its two pilots and 12 passengers. However,the truck driver managed to escape after the accident.
The passengers hit against seats and berths in the coaches and sustained minor injuries, PSI said.
The injured were rushed a government hospital in Morbi and all of them were discharged by Tuesday evening,police said,adding one of the loco pilots was later referred to railway hospital in Rajkot. On the basis of a complaint filed by loco pilots,Morbi police have booked the unidentified truck driver for rash driving and negligence.
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