The Punjab Government has ordered state mourning following the tragic train accident in Amritsar in which more than 61 people lost their lives on Friday.
All offices and educational institutions will remain closed tomorrow.
At least 300 spectators were present at the Dhobi Ghat ground, barely 2 km from the Amritsar station, when the incident took place. Many of them stood on the tracks close to the Jaura Phatak crossing to get a better view and were taking videos of the burning Ravan as the first of the trains, 74643 Jalandhar-Amritsar DMU, ran them over.
The injured were admitted to different hospitals in the city.
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An ambulance driver, who ferried some of the victims from the site of the train accident to the Guru Nanak Hospital, described the scene as “very disturbing“.
Soon after the accident, the Ambulance Seva Samiti of the Guru Nanak Hospital, attached to Government Medical College in Amritsar, operated round-the-clock service.
Ambulance driver Pratap Singh said that when they reached the site soon after the accident, the scene was horrifying with body parts scattered on tracks.
Pratap Singh, along with Jaspal Singh and Gurbax Singh, recovered close to 15 bodies.
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The second train, the 13006 Amritsar-Howrah Express, sped past seconds later and some of those who had jumped on the second set of tracks to escape the first were caught under it