Amritsar: Nearly 100 affected, claims Civil Hospital Emergency Medical Officer
Amritsar (Punjab) , Oct 20 (India): Nearly 100 people have been affected by the tragedy, where a crowd of Dussehra revellers spilled onto the railway track was run over by a train here, claimed Emergency Medical Officer at Civil Hospital.
Singh further asserted that adequate number of medical professionals have been deployed to assist the patients.
Sharing more details of the casualties, senior police official Lakhbir Singh, said, "Total 59 people were brought here, out of which 9 were declared brought dead. As of this hospital, there are 39 dead bodies here and 19 dead bodies are in Guru Nanak Hospital. So the count of casualty is 58. It is also possible that some people were taken by their kin directly to the home, so casualty count can increase."
The accident took place in Choura Bazar near Joda Phatak area of Amritsar where a large number of people were watching the burning of Ravana effigy while standing along the railway tracks when a Jalandhar to Amritsar train crushed them. In the accident, as many as 60 people have lost their lives while 51 others have sustained injuries.
The public gathering standing on the track reportedly could not hear the hooting of the train due to the exploding firecrackers.