Meerut-Lucknow Rajya Rani Express Derails; Several Injured

Credit: ANI/Twitter

Credit: ANI/Twitter

New Delhi: Eight coaches of Meerut-Lucknow Rajya Rani Express derailed near Rampur in Uttar Pradesh today leaving at least two passengers injured, railway officials said.

The accident occurred between Mundapandey and Rampur railway stations, Northern railway spokesperson Neeraj Sharma said.

Sharma said although two passengers have been injured, there were no casualties. However, police officials in Rampur had earlier said 15 passengers had been injured and rushed to the hospital.

Moradabad Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) has reached the spot to oversee the rescue and relief operations. A medical team has also reached the spot, he said.

The official said causes of the accident is not known yet.

Meanwhile, Union railway minister Suresh Prabhu tweeted that he was “personally monitoring the situation” and would take “strict action” for any lapse.

The railways has also announced a Rs 50,000 compensation to those injured.

This is the second train derailment in recent time in UP. On March 30, the Mahakaushal Express derailed in Mahoba, injuring 36 passengers.

(With PTI inputs)