Youth killed in freak accident in Himachal

June 21st, 2009 - 4:24 pm ICT by IANS  

Shimla, June 21 (IANS) In a freak accident, a 20-year-old man, who was travelling on the Shimla-Kalka holiday special train, was crushed between the tunnel wall and the rail bogie in Himachal Pradesh’s Shimla district Sunday, railway police said.
“Mohd Mohsin, who was leaning out of the train, was killed when he slammed into the tunnel wall this (Sunday) morning near the Tara Devi station in Shimla,” investigating officer Ranbir Singh told IANS.

He said the victim belonged to Saharanpur town in Uttar Pradesh and was travelling with his relatives.

“At the time of the accident, 30-35 people were travelling on the train. Train services came to a brief halt on the railway line after the accident but resumed later,” the official added.

Five trains run between Kalka and Shimla every day. Each toy train - the popular name for it - has seven coaches and can accommodate nearly 200 passengers.

To cater to tourist rush, the railways started three special holiday trains. These trains will continue to run till July 15.

Unesco had included the 30-inch gauge Kalka-Shimla rail line in the list of world heritage sites in July 2008. The scenic journey along the rail line from 640 metres above sea level at Kalka to Shimla at 2,060 metres attracts a large number of tourists.

There are 102 tunnels on the rail line.

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