Rail accident in Kanpur: Two persons have been killed and 43 injured after Sealdah-Ajmer Express’ 15 coaches derailed near Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh this morning. They critically injured two persons brought out of the wrecked coaches and rushed to the hospital where they declared by the doctors, told senior police officer Zaki Ahmed. He further told that 8people are in critical condition who has also been admitted to the hospital.
The coaches of the 12987 Sealdah-Ajmer Express went-off when it was crossing the bridge over a dry canal, around 70km from Kanpur. Two coaches fall over the bridge and fell into the dry canal. The accident took around 5.20am. The cause of the accident is not discovered yet.
A passenger said he was woken up by a loud bang. “Our coach tilted to one side. I jumped out and saw a few coaches were derailed,” Rizwan Chaudhary told Associated Press.
A medical relief train from Kanpur has been sent to the accident site. “Currently we are focusing on relief and rescue operations,” Railway spokesperson Anil Saxena told reporters.
Javeed Ahmed, Uttar Pradesh’s top police officer, said all the passengers have been brought out of the derailed coaches. Television images showed coaches lying on their sides.
Ex gratia will be paid to injured . All passengers are being provided with necessary assistance to ensure least inconvenience.Doing our best
— Suresh Prabhu (@sureshpprabhu) December 28, 2016
“Immediate medical help being provided to the injured. Mobilized resources, directed all concerned to ensure rescue and relief,” tweeted Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu.
“Thorough investigation will be carried out to ascertain the cause,” Prabhu said in another tweet, adding that he was personally monitoring the efforts.
After November 20 which nearly 150 passengers were killed in their sleep and nearly 200 injured when the Indore-Patna Express train derailed near Kanpur, this is a second rail accident in Kanpur within two months.
Indian Railways issues helpline numbers:
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