Fifteen people have been injured after 12 coaches of the Howrah-New Delhi Poorva Express derailed near Kanpur today.
Coaches of the train travelling from Prayagraj to Delhi derailed at around 1 AM near Rooma village, about 15 kilometers from Kanpur. Visuals from the spot show the damaged coaches. About 15 ambulances were at the spot to take injured passengers to the hospital.
The coaches that derailed are: S8, S9, B1-B5, A1, A2, HA1, pantry car and an SLR (seating cum luggage rake), according to a statement issued by the railways.
Indian Railways spokesperson Smita Vats Sharma told ANI that an "Accident Relief Train" and medical equipment have been sent to the accident site. The main route has been affected due to derailment.
All long distance trains running from towards Delhi from the east have been delayed.
The police are supervising rescue operations. A 45-member team from the National Disaster Response Force is also at the spot.
"Rescue operation is underway. No casualties have been reported till now. Buses are being arranged to take passengers to Kanpur Central. Railway authorities have said that they are arranging a train for passengers from Kanpur to Delhi," Kanpur District Magistrate Vijay Vishwas Pant was quoted as saying by ANI.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has also directed officials to extend all possible help to those affected and ensure that proper medical treatment is provided to them.
Recounting the incident, a passenger said there was a loud sound and everyone fell off their seats.
Another passenger said he got out of the window of the train after the accident.
The railways has issued helpline numbers: 1072, 9454403738, 9454401463, 9454401075, 9454400384 and 0512-23333111/112/113.
(With inputs from ANI and PTI)
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