Indore Patna Express derailment: Death toll climbs to 145, rescue operations over

Indore Patna train accident: While the Railways has opened an investigation to determine the cause of the accident, Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha said a fracture in the rails and the jamming of wheels could be a possible cause.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 21, 2016 5:48 pm
indore patna express, indore patna train, indore patna express derails, indore patna train crash, train accident, train accident news Rescuers search among the debris after 14 coaches of the Indore Patna Express train jumped tracks near Pukhrayan village in Kanpur Dehat district of Uttar Pradesh Monday, Nov. 21, 2016 (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)

Rescue operations into the derailment of the Indore-Patna Express are complete taking the death toll to 145, the police said Monday. In one of the worst train accidents in recent years, 14 coaches of the train jumped tracks early Sunday morning at Pukhrayan in Uttar Pradesh throwing people, most of whom were asleep, off their berths. Over 200 people, many with grievous injuries, were extricated from the train and admitted to nearby hospitals. Rescue work was mainly conducted by teams belonging to the NDRF, Army, UP Police and RAF. The villagers of Pukhrayan were the first to reach the spot and convey messages to authorities.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he was ‘anguished beyond words’ on the loss of lives in the accident and announced an ex-gratia amount of Rs 2.5 lakhs for families of the victims. Chief Ministers Akhilesh Yadav and Shivraj Singh Chouhan, while expressing grief, have also announced compensation for victims.

While the Railways has opened an investigation to determine the cause of the accident, Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha said a fracture in the rails and the jamming of wheels could be a possible cause. Former Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi said the focus of the ministry has changed from ‘operation to cosmetics’ and termed the accident a ‘derailment of an entire railway organisation.’

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Most of the casualties were reported from the S1 and S2 coaches of the train which had crammed into each other trapping several people. Many families were reportedly travelling to attend marriages in nearby towns and cities. Official railway communication accessed by The Indian Express shows the train was running at 110 km per hour when the accident occurred at Pukhrayan, 60 km from Kanpur. Just minutes ago, the Sabarmati Express on its way to Jhansi had reportedly gone on the same track without feeling any jerks.

READ: Many victims were on way to marriages

The accident comes at a time when the Railways has a long-term plan to ensure zero accidents on its network. A majority of the train accidents occur due to derailments. A three day brainstorming seminar session was conducted in Surajkund, Haryana this week where one of the topics of discussion was how to bring about ‘zero accidents.’

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    Thiran
    Nov 21, 2016 at 1:49 pm
    Minister of state for railway Manoj SINhaJI, please don't take any action to improve or modernize the railways. After all it was not Modi's mother that died. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;BLAME IT ON FRACTURED RAILS,lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;BLAME IT ON YOUR lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;BLAME IT ON YOUR HAIRlt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;CORRUPTION is important for the survivallt;br/gt;of your filthy ilk. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;CHANAKYA has clearly stated, IT IS OK TO SACRIFICE A FEW SHUDRAS IF IT IS NECESSARY TO SAVE THE ENTIRE BARB-ARYAN RACE.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;YOU ARE ON THE RIGHT PATH.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;STOP NOT UNTIL YOUR RACE RULES THE WORLD.
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      Indic.Nation
      Nov 21, 2016 at 2:26 pm
      This is INDIA's SELF SURGICAL TRRRORIST STRIKE ON ITS OWN PEOPLE. Difference between across the border SURGICALlt;br/gt;STRIKE AND THIS STRIKE IS: FOR ACROSS THR BORDER INDICS NEED ISRAELI TECHNOLOGY. THIS SELF SURGICALlt;br/gt;STRIKE NEEDED INDIGENOUS TECHNOLOGY-INDIC-CORRUPTION.
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        Missing.George.Cruz.the.brahmin.Bhakt
        Nov 21, 2016 at 2:25 pm
        This is INDIA's SELF SURGICAL TRRRORIST STRIKE ON ITS OWN PEOPLE. Difference between across the border SURGICALlt;br/gt;STRIKE AND THIS STRIKE IS: FOR ACROSS THR BORDER INDICS NEED ISRAELI TECHNOLOGY. THIS SELF SURGICALlt;br/gt;STRIKE NEEDED INDIGENOUS TECHNOLOGY-INDIC-CORRUPTION.
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          AlsoIndian
          Nov 21, 2016 at 9:10 am
          What a shameful situation for the nation! We can't manage and upgrade our current railway system, while the PM talks about Bullet Train. Everything seems to be a talk now and he does it better than a bollywood actor.
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            Indian
            Nov 21, 2016 at 11:09 am
            Railway minister should take moral responsibility and resign from his post . Or he sack (not suspension but termination) the incharges of division for negligence in operating junk bogies.
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