Indian railway officials say that more than 6 coaches of Utkal Express have derailed in Khatauli near Uttar Pradesh’s Muzaffarnagar district.
The train was on its way to Puri in Odisha to Haridwar in Uttarakhand. There’s no detail on the cause but the local administration says it has started the rescue operation.
Railway PRO, Anil Saxena said, “14 coaches got derailed. At this stage nothing can be said about the cause of accident.”
Some reports said that at least 10 people are feared dead and the number of dead could be higher.
UP principal secretary (Home), Arvind Kumar, said that 11 dead bodies and 65 injured had been brought to Khatauli hospital.
The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams have been sent from Delhi. A tweet posted by NDRF said, “NDRF teams mobilised for rescue operation at Khatauli railway station,Muzaffarnagr, U.P. where train accident took place.”
Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu tweeted, “Medical vans have been rushed to the site.All efforts being taken to ensure speedy relief and rescue operations. Have instructed Chairman Rly Board,Member Traffic to oversee rescue and relief operations.I am personally monitoring situation.”
Have instructed Chairman Rly Board,Member Traffic to oversee rescue and relief operations.I am personally monitoring situation
— Suresh Prabhu (@sureshpprabhu) August 19, 2017
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