Assam: Earth falls on workers during railway construction work, 2 killed

Assam, Feb 14: Two workers were killed and four others injured when earth fell on them at a Road Under Bridge (RUB) construction site in the Guwahati Lumding section of Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) on Saturday, an official said.

Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) Chief Public Relation Officer (CPRO) Subhanan Chanda said that the incident took place when the concrete slabs were being placed after the earth-cutting by the engaged staffs of the contractor in between Panbari-Thakurkuchi stations in the Guwahati-Lumding section under Lumding Division.

He said that at the time of placement of concrete slabs, the earth fell down on labourers who were working in the area and nine people got trapped in the incident seven of whom were rescued with the help of local authorities but in the meantime, two others died on the spot.

Seven of them were rescued with the help of local authorities but two labourers lost their lives, he said.

The railway authority is extending all the necessary assistance to the injured labourers. Senior railway officials including Additional Divisional Railway Manager and Chief Bridge Engineer from Guwahati is already at the site,” the CPRO said.

Four Assam workers who suffered serious injuries in the Earth fall during railway construction work were taken to Gauhati Medical College and Hospital. The railway authorities are extending all help to the injured, Chanda said.