At least 44 people were injured when 15 coaches of the Sealdah-Ajmer 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.
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Fifteen coaches of the train, 12987 Sealdah-Ajmer express, derailed when it was crossing a bridge over a dry canal in the area, he said. Two passengers were killed and twenty-four people have been injured in the mishap and taken to hospital, Kanpur dehat SP Prabhakar Chaudhary said. “A rescue team has rushed to the spot and a medical relief train from Kanpur has also been sent to the accident site. Currently we are focusing on relief and rescue operations,” Railway spokesperson Anil Saxena said.
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.