Over 50 passengers on Wednesday were injured when 15 coaches of the Ajmer-Sealdah Express derailed near Rura Railway Station in Kanpur Rural district, the second rail accident in the region in two months.
While soon after the mishap that took place at 5:30 AM, IG (Kanpur range) Zaki Ahmed said two of the seriously injured passengers had died, General Manager, North Central Railway Arun Saxena said the railway medical team at the spot has no information of any death.
The accident took place near Rura Railway Station, 70 km from here, when the train was crossing a bridge over a dry canal in the area, North Central Railways PRO Amit Malviya said.
Chief Medical Officer, Kanpur, Ramayan Prasad said no deaths have been reported. While 42 of those injured have been admitted to a district hospital in Kanpur Rural, 12 of the seriously injured have been admitted to the Hallet Hospital here.
There were unconfirmed reports that the railway guard was among those injured.
Rescue operations are over with all passengers pulled out of the derailed coaches, Malviya said, adding the cause of the accident was not immediately known.
The incident comes a month after over 150 people were killed and more than 200 injured when 14 coaches of the Indore-Patna Express derailed in Kanpur Rural district on 20 November.
Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said he was personally monitoring the situation and all assistance is being provided to those injured.
“We are making alternate arrangements for passengers to continue with their onward journey,” he said in a series of tweets.
The railway minister said all assistance is being provided to those injured and ex-gratia will be paid to the injured passengers.
Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has announced financial assistance of Rs 50,000 to those seriously injured in the mishap and Rs 25,000 to those who suffered minor wounds.
Wishing a speedy recovery to the injured passengers, he directed officials to take adequate measures for the treatment of the injured and said there should be no laxity in this regard, an official release said here.
(With inputs from PTI)