New Delhi: At least 15 migrant workers were crushed to death after coming under a train on Friday morning near Karnad in Aurangabad district of Maharashtra. A few children were also among those killed. Also Read - SC Directs Delhi, Haryana, UP to Provide Dry Ration, Transport to Stranded Migrants During Lockdown

According to initial reports, the incident took place at 5:15 AM and police were notified around 6 AM. The labourers were sleeping on tracks when they were run over by an empty rake of goods train that departed from Jalna. Also Read - Coronavirus Highlights: Shashi Tharoor Tests COVID+, Kerala CM Announces Free Vaccine For All Above 18-Years of Age

They belonged to Chhattisgarh and were returning home on foot amid the lockdown situation. One person injured has been shifted to a nearby hospital. Also Read - Decision On Lockdown in Maharashtra Tomorrow, Class 10 Board Exams CANCELLED

Police and railway authorities rushed to the spot to assess the situation. Further investigation is on.

Many migrant workers and labourers have been walking on foot to reach their home states amid the coronavirus lockdown, even after the government organised Shramik Special trains for the stranded.

Live Updates

  • 2:29 PM IST

    Maharashtra LIVE: Full Statement of the Indian Railways

    In an unfortunate incident that occurred in the wee hours of 8th May, 2020 morning i.e., around 05.22 hrs, a group of persons who were sleeping o­n railway tracks, were hit by a goods train proceeding towards Manmad. The incident occurred between Badnapur and Karmad stations o­n the Parbhani – Manmad section of Nanded Division.

    Out of the group comprising of about 19 persons, 14 succumbed to death o­n the spot and 02 persons have succumbed to the injuries subsequently. o­ne person with minor injuries is being treated at the Aurangabad Civil Hospital. The incident occurred, even as the Loco Pilot of the Goods Train honked the horn as soon as he noticed the group of people infringing the rail tracks and also made all possible efforts to stop the train.

    Immediately o­n receipt of information, Senior Officials of Railway Protection Force (RPF), the Security wing of the Railways rushed to the spot along with Officers from other departments. The Divisional Railway Manager, Nanded Division Shri Upinder Singh also reached the site to personally monitor relief operations. A Medical Relief Van (MRV) comprising of a team of Doctors, Nurses and other para-medical staff along with medicines and medical equipment also rushed to the spot to undertake medical relief measures. Shri Gajanan Mallya, General Manager, SCR held a meeting with Principal Heads of Departments, immediately o­n receipt of information about the incident and directed that the relief and rescue operations be taken up at the fastest.

    A high-level inquiry headed by Commissioner of Railway Safety (South Central Circle) has been ordered to investigate the incident and arrive at the cause. Shri Piyush Goyal, Hon’ble Minister of Railways is closely monitoring the situation and is being briefed o­n the steps taken in this regard.

  • 2:21 PM IST

    Maharashtra LIVE: The south central railways issued a statement over the death of migrant workers earlier today.

  • 2:12 PM IST

    Maharashtra LIVE: Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh and Water Resource Minister Jayant Patil also expressed shock over the death of migrant workers in the early hours of Friday.

  • 2:10 PM IST

    Maharashtra LIVE: NCP supremo Sharad Pawar expressed his grief and termed the death of migrant workers as ‘heart-wrenching’. He said the Centre must work closely in unison with state governments to ensure labourers reach their homes safely.

  • 12:29 PM IST

    Maharashtra LIVE: Names of 12 deceased in the Aurangabad train accident has been released. They are from Shahdol, Madhya Pradesh.

    1. Acchelaal Rameshwar Kaacchhi

    2. Suresh Molai Kol

    3. Dharmendra Jetendra Singh

    4. Barjesh Gajraj Gond

    5. Ajeet Jeevan Singh

    6. Inderkumar Aalagu

    7. Vregendra Chain Singh

    8. Rajbabaahoran Paras Singh

    9. Brajesh Bhadoyan Singh

    10. Muneem Shiv Ratan Singh

    11. Neemshahchinmaru Singh

    12. Shivdayal Gajraj Singh

  • 11:19 AM IST

    Maharashtra LIVE: Rahul Gandhi condoles the death of migrant workers, blames government authorities for the accident.

  • 10:05 AM IST

    Maharashtra LIVE: Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Friday condoled the death of migrant workers in a train accident. “Deeply saddened to learn about the loss of lives in a train mishap in Aurangabad, Maharashtra. My heartfelt condolences to bereaved families,” Naidu said on Twitter.

  • 9:19 AM IST

  • 9:19 AM IST

    Maharashtra LIVE: Railway Ministry said that the loco pilot driving the train tried to stop before eventually hitting them.

  • 9:04 AM IST

    Maharashtra LIVE: Death toll rises to 17. The labourers were on foot returning to their homes in Chhattisgarh.