Kanpur: At least 142 people have been killed and over 200 injured after the Indore-Patna Rajendranagar Express train derailed, the Hindu reported. According to inspected general (Kanpur range) Zaki Ahmad 110 bodies have been identified so far, FirstPost reported.
The incident occurred at around 3 am on Sunday between the Pukhrayan and Malasa stations, about a 100 km from Kanpur, when 14 coaches of the train derailed. Initial reports placed the immediate death toll at 45. At 10:20 am this morning, over 24 hours after the accident, the Times of India reported that officials had declared the rescue operations over.
Meanwhile, railways minister Suresh Prabhu has ordered a probe and said the “guilty won’t be spared,” India Today reported.
“Forensic enquiry has been ordered to look into all possible angles,” Prabhu is reported to have said while briefing the Lok Sabha on the accident.
The injured were rushed to nearby hospitals in the area and all hospitals were asked to be on alert. More than 30 ambulances were pressed into immediate service, Ahmad said, adding that over 250 police officials had helped in the rescue and relief operations.
According to NDTV, the army and National Disaster Response Force personnel also helped with the relief efforts.
Although the cause of the derailment was not immediately known, sources said the nature and timing shows that the accident was caused by a rail fracture. However, the exact reason will be known only after an inquiry.
(with PTI inputs)