- 14 coaches of train derail near Pukhrayan, Uttar Pradesh
- Accident happened around 3 am; rescue officials, doctors on the spot
- Disaster response force sent in, inquiry ordered, says government
The incident took place at around 3 am near Pukhrayan, about 100 km from Kanpur, at a time when most of the passengers were asleep. Television images showed several severely mangled coaches piled up against each other and rescue workers trying to cut through the crumpled metal.
Northern Central Railways spokesperson Vijay Kumar said that doctors and senior railway officials reached the spot soon after the accident and rescue operations were underway. The cause of the accident was not known immediately.
Most of the casualties are reported from two coaches which are severely damaged, officials said. Stranded passengers were being taken to a nearby station from where a special train will eventually take them to Patna.
Rescuers and medical staff from the Indian Army were helping in the relief operations. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that the National Disaster Response Force has been also been sent in.
Anguished beyond words on the loss of lives due to the derailing of the Patna-Indore express. My thoughts are with the bereaved families.- Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 20, 2016
Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu tweeted about the accident saying an inquiry had been ordered into the incident and announced compensation for the victims. "Strictest possible action will be taken against those who could be responsible," he said.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav tweeted that he had asked neighbouring district officials to pool in resources for quicker relief operations.
Enquiry team will start investigation for cause of accident immediately All necessary assistance provided to the affected,We r taking care- Suresh Prabhu (@sureshpprabhu) November 20, 2016
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