KANPUR -- At least 68 people were killed and over 150 others injured today when 14 coaches of the Indore- Patna express train derailed near Pukhrayan area in Kanpur Dehat district, with railways officials saying the number of casualties could rise.
The incident took place at around 3 AM near Pukhrayan, about 100 kms from here.
At least 68 people have been killed and over 150 others injured, IG (Kanpur range) Zaki Ahmed told PTI.
Over 150 injured people have been rushed to nearby hospitals in the area. All hospitals have been asked to be alert. More than 30 ambulances are pressed into service, the IG said, adding that over 250 police officials are helping carrying out rescue and relief operations.
Railways Ministry spokesperson Anil Saxena said several people have been rushed to nearby hospitals with injuries, and the casualties may go up.
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Accident relief train was rushed to the spot, he said.
Northern Central Railways spokesperson Vijay Kumar said that doctors and senior railway officials have reached the spot. Rescue and relief operations were being carried out by district administration and railway officials.
Prayers with those injured in the tragic train accident. I've spoken to @sureshpprabhu, who is personally monitoring the situation closely.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 20, 2016
Though the cause of the derailment was not known immediately, sources said the nature and timing shows that the accident was caused by a rail fracture. However, the exact reason would be known only after an inquiry.
Buses are pressed into service to help passengers complete their journey, Kumar said, adding that the S2 coach was severely damaged. Four AC coaches have also been derailed.
Meanwhile, Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu has ordered a probe into the train tragedy.
All rescue relief work on to deal with unfortunate accident. All medical and other help rushed.Enquiry ordered. Situation monitored closely— Suresh Prabhu (@sureshpprabhu) November 20, 2016
Medical assistance of all kinds is offered. Rail mobile medical units rushed to site.All injured rushed to hospitals, immediate medical help— Suresh Prabhu (@sureshpprabhu) November 20, 2016
(This is a developing story. More details awaited.)
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