A total of 14 coaches of Puri-Haridwar-Kalinga Utkal Express derailed in Khatauli near Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh on Saturday evening at around 5:45 pm.

The train that was scheduled to reach Haridwar at 9:00 pm derailed midway in Muzaffarnagar’s Khatauli. 11 trains have been affected due to deadly rail accident. 

As per reports, 23 people have been killed with more than 50 injured and many others still missing. The number of casualties are expected to increase as search operations continue. An NDRF team with 100 rescuers has been mobilised for rescue operations along with the Uttar Pradesh ATS team, which has already reached the derailment site in Muzaffarnagar’s Khatauli. Many people are feared trapped inside the derailed coaches of the Kalinga Utkal Express.

An ex gratia amount of Rs 3.5 lakh has been decided for the kin of who lost their close ones and Rs 50,000 has been announced for the seriously injured. 

Initial investigations suggest that apparently a gas cutter was used to fracture the railway track, but current point at human error. The first details of UP Police sources point at human error that the railway track was under repair.

Two Uttar Pradesh Ministers have been rushed to the accident spot. 

 

One of the derailed coaches reportedly went and hit the homes situated near the tracks. This could cause the casualties to increase in number.

Union Railway Minister, Suresh Prabhu took to Twitter to express his concern regarding the accident; he tweeted, “I am personally monitoring the situation. Have instructed senior officers to reach site immediately and ensure speedy rescue and relief operations.”

(This is a developing story. Further details awaited…)

First Published | 19 August 2017 6:41 PM
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