Lucknow: As many as 74 passengers were injured as nine bogies of the Kaifiyat Express derailed in UP’s Auraiya district early today after dashing against a dumper carrying construction material for railway work, PTI reported. However, the railways said 25 persons were injured in the incident and that the dumper did not belong to them.
Principal secretary, home, Arvind Kumar said 74 people were injured, of which four received serious injuries and have been rushed to Saifai and Etawah hospitals. Superintendent of police, Auraiya, Sanjeev Tyagi also said that 74 passengers were injured in the incident.
Early this morning, Livemint reported that around 50 people have been injured. The Indian Express reported that over 70 people have been injured in the Kaifiyat Express derailment, four of whom have been seriously injured. The Express also reported that eight bogies had derailed and that the ninth had overturned.
However, G.K. Bansal, North Central Railway CPRO, said that no passenger suffered serious injuries, the Indian Express reported.
The train travelling from Azamgarh to Delhi collided with the dumper at around 2:50 am between Pata and Achhalda railway stations, a spokesperson for NCR said.
The Kaifiyat Express met with an accident at an unmanned railway crossing because of a loader carrying sand for track work for dedicated freight corridor, secretary, home, Bhagwan Swarup said.
Rescue operations are over and passengers have been moved to Achalda railway station and rescue train in arriving to take them to Delhi.
This is the second train accident in UP in five days. On Saturday, a passenger train derailed in Muzaffarnagar district leaving over 22 dead and 156 others injured.
“An unauthorised dumper broke the railway fence and hit the engine of Kaifiyat Express causing derailment,” the Railway Ministry said in a statement. “There are no casualties but 25 persons have been injured,” the statement said.
Railway minister Suresh Prabhu tweeted, “A dumper hit the locomotive of the Kaifiyat Express, resulting in derailment. Some passengers have received injuries and have been shifted to nearby hospitals,” adding that he had directed senior officials to reach the site immediately.
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
Kaifiyat Express travels between Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh and Delhi and the collision has impacted the train operations on the Delhi-Howrah route.
Five trains including the Howrah-New Delhi Rajdhani have been diverted and seven trains including Kanpur-New Delhi Shatabdi express have been cancelled. Since both up and down lines are blocked, around 40 local trains were also being diverted.
On receiving information about the mishap, senior officials rushed to the accident site which comes under Acchalda police station, around 180 km from Lucknow.
Additional forces and ambulance were rushed to the spot from Auraiya, Etawah and Kannauj, while NDRF team was dispatched from Lucknow to provide support to the victims. A medical train and a relief train have been dispatched from Allahabad to the accident site.
A spokesman for NCR said rescue operations have been concluded and all injured were sent to hospitals nearby.
Additional forces and ambulance were rushed to the spot from Auraiya, Etawah and Kannauj while an NDRF team has been dispatched from Lucknow to provide aid to the victims. ANI UP tweeted that the NRDF team had reached the derailment site earlier this morning.
— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) August 23, 2017
(With agency inputs)