At least 2 killed and 26 injured as 14 coaches of Ajmer-Sealdah Express derail


At least two people were killed and 24 were injured when 14 coaches of the Ajmer-Sealdah express train derailed near Rura railway station in Kanpur dehat district today.

The mishap took place around 6 AM near Rura railway station, 70 km from here, Northern Central Railways PRO Amit Malviya said.

The India Railways spokesperson, Anil Saxena, said that there 15 coaches of the train were derailed with first ‘five and the last three coaches’ being ‘intact.’

He said, “There could be some minor injuries because of the derailment which is being attended. Rescue and relief operations underway.”

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said that he had directed senior officials to reach the site immediately.

He tweeted, “Immediate medical help being provided to the injured. Personally monitoring the situation in wake of unfortunate derailment of Sealdah-Ajmer express near Kanpur. Immediate medical help being provided to the injured. Mobilized resources,directed all concerned to ensure rescue and relief.”

Asked about the reason of the derailment, he said, “there was dense fog in the morning”.

Due to the mishap, the Kanpur-Howrah route has been temporarily closed, Malviya said.

District administration and police officials have rushed to the spot to carry out relief and rescue operations.

The latest accident comes little over a month after 142 people had died in Indore-Patna Express in Kanpur.

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