Four persons, including the two drivers, are critically injured
More than 70 passengers were injured when eight coaches of Azamgarh-Delhi Kaifiyat Express derailed and one overturned near Auraiya in Uttar Pradesh in the wee hours of Wednesday. The injured, including the critically injured drivers were rushed to the nearby hospitals in Auraiya, Kannauj and Etawah for treatment.
According to ADG, Kanpur (Zone), Avinash Chandra, the train en-route to Delhi derailed around 2:45 am after colliding with a sand dumper that had dis-balanced and overturned on the railway track a few minutes earlier.
Railway minister Suresh Prabhu took to twitter to share details of the accident and the rescue operation thereafter.
A dumper hit the locomotive of the KaifiyatExpress,resulting in derailment of coaches 1/ https://t.co/8EgmiW0gMO— Suresh Prabhu (@sureshpprabhu) August 23, 2017
Some passengers have received Injuries and have been shifted to nearby hospitals.I am personally monitoring situation,rescue operations 2/— Suresh Prabhu (@sureshpprabhu) August 23, 2017
Have directed senior officers to reach the site immediately 3/— Suresh Prabhu (@sureshpprabhu) August 23, 2017
The rescue operation which was carried on by National Disaster Response Force along with railway and local police force was concluded after all injured were sent to the nearby hospitals.
“Out of the 74 injured, four are said to be critically injured. Two have been sent to Etawah and two to Saifai,” Principal Secretary, Arvind Kumar told reporters.
The rest of the passengers have been moved to the Achalda railway station and will be taken to Delhi by a rescue train.
The collision has impacted the Delhi-Howrah route and many trains have been either cancelled or diverted.
The incident comes a few days after 14 coaches of Puri-Haridwar Utkal Express derailed in Uttar Pradesh’s Khatauli. 23 passengers were killed while more than 100 were injured in the accident.
Following the accident, the Ministry of Railways released the list of affected trains in a tweet.