16 run over by unidentified train near Surat

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Vadodara, Feb 28 (UNI) At least 16 people were killed when an unidentified Surat-bound train from Mumbai ran over them on the Kakdikhadi bridge between Surat and Udhna stations last night.

The tragedy took place when the victims were reportedly crossing the 15-m long platform-less bridge in the night to reach Surat from the neighbouring Udhna station.

According to Surat railway police sources, the deceased included two women and two children. Mutilated bodies of 15 victims were recovered from the down track and body of a child was recovered from the Kakdikhadi sewage canal.

Police, who have found some railway tickets from the possession of the victims, believed that they all belonged to Manickpur in Uttar Pradesh and had taken the short-cut to reach Surat to avoid a 8 km long distance by road from Udhna.

Railway rescue teams and fire brigade personnel have removed the victims to the Surat Civil hospital. The deceased seemed to be labourers and were coming to Surat in search of work, the sources said.

Senior railway officials, including GRP superintendent V S Javeliya, have rushed to the accident spot.

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