Anantpur (Andhra Pradesh), Aug 24: At least five persons were killed and another 25 were injured erly on Monday when the Bangalore-Nanded Express train collided with lorry which was crossing the railway track in Anantpur, Andhra Pradesh.
According to reports, the collision resulted in the derailment of four coaches. Karnataka MLA Venkatesh Nayak was among the five people killed.
Anil Saxena, PRO of the Railways, said Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu is monitoring the situation closely.
Saxena said the helpline numbers at the accident spot are 09701374062,09493548005,09448090399 and 00873763945549, while the helpline numbers at the Bangalore Railway Station are 08022354108,0731666751 and 08022156553.
Meanwhile, Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said the government will announce an ex gratia payment for those injured and to the relatives of the five persons killed.
Prabhu’s announcement came soon after Anil Saxena, PRO of the Railways informed that some trains on the South Central and South Western Railway lines have been diverted because of the railway accident.
(With Agency Inputs)