Kamayani Express derails in Madhya Pradesh, Moments later Janata Express too derails at the same spot. 15 coaches fall in river

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Kamayani Express, travelling from Mumbai to Varanasi, has derailed in Madhya Pradesh with 10 of its coaches being submerged in the river.

The accident took place near Harda, 160 kms south of the state’s capital Bhopal. Officials said that a special team with doctors and rescue staff have left for the accident site.

Harda district’s collector, Rajnish Srivastav said that some coaches have fallen into river Machak. Most rivers in Madhya Pradesh are currently flowing at the dangerous level following monsoon rains.

Reports suggest that Kamayani Express had left Khirkiya station at around 11:07 pm while the accident occurred around 12:15 am after the engine crossed the bridge. More than 300 lives are believed to be in danger as each coach has 72 seats.

A while ago, the rescue team had managed to pull out more than 300 passengers out of water. There’s still no confirmation on the number of casualties.

Railways has said that the sudden flow of water on the tracks was what had caused the derailment of the two trains while they were crossing the swollen Machak river near Harda in Madhya Pradesh.

Soon after the trafedy struck, Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said that railways and Madhya Pradesh government were working together to rescue Kamayani Express passengers.

Prabhu also said that the darkness and water were creating hurdles but rescue teams were trying their best.

Meanwhile, there are reports of another passenger train, Janata Express, which travels from Jabalpur to Mumbai, has derailed in the state. Janata Express derailed at the same place where Kamayani Express had met with an accident. Reports say that five of its coaches too have fallen in the river.

 

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