Anantapur, India: Six killed in crossing collision, renewed call for elimination

8 Sep

Six people lost their lives when a truck collided with a train on a manned level crossing in Anantapur District, Andhra Pradesh. The accident which occurred before dawn on August 24th has led to renewed calls for the elimination of all level crossings in India. The accident has also led to the growing impatience of communities with the slow pace of elimination. The removal of level crossings requires funding from other than the railway as the benefits to the wider community are significant. However, state governments and roads authorities are causing progress to be slowed as they do not share the railway view that level crossing elimination is a very high priority use of scarce resources.

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