People look at the damaged coaches after Krishak Express and Barauni Express collided near Gorakhpur on Tuesday night. (Press Trust of India)
Mohit Mishra from West Bengal lies unconscious in the operation theatre at the Gorakhpur Medical College. Doctors had to amputate one of his legs to save his life.
Mohit was on his way home on Tuesday, when his train, the Lucknow-Barauni Express, was rammed from the behind by the Maduadeeh-Lucknow Krishak express, which was coming from Varanasi.
The collision derailed two coaches of the Barauni Express and damaged a third. It also left 13 people dead and 47 injured. The rescue operations continued through the night.
Though the railways suspended two drivers of the Krishak Express, there was confusion over the exact cause of the accident. While Railways Minister Sadananda Gowda said the drivers jumped signal causing the accident, Anoop Kumar, the Divisional Railway Manager of North Eastern Railways, does not rule out the possibility of a faulty signal.
Mohit's uncle, Malviya Mishra, was in tears. His 26-year-old nephew, he said loved to play football. Ironically, Mohit's father is employed with the railways at the Chittaranjan Locomotives.
In the same ward, was a child of 6, all alone next to an empty bed, weeping inconsolably. Her mother had been injured and was being operated upon.
The Railways has ordered an inquiry into the accident, which will be conducted by PK Bajpai, Commissioner, Rail Safety.
Whatever be the result of the inquiry, for people like Mohit, it would be of little help.