Fourteen coaches of the Indore Patna Express derailed Sunday morning, killing at least 107 and injuring over 150 passengers. The accident happened 100 kms from Kanpur, near Pukhrayan around 3 am. Rescue teams had to use cranes and gas-cutters to pull passengers out of the mangled remains. Medical teams and National Disaster Response Force rushed to the site of accident to assist Uttar Pradesh Police in rescue efforts. “Over 100 killed in Indore-Patna Express derailment,”said ADG, Law and Order, Daljeet Chowdhury.
Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu said those responsible for the incident will be firmly dealt. He ordered an inquiry to probe the accident. “All rescue relief work is on to deal with the unfortunate accident. All medical and other help rushed. Inquiry ordered. Situation monitored closely,” Prabhu said. Prabhu directed MoS for Railways and four senior officials to rush to the spot. He is also expected to arrive shortly to monitor the relief efforts. Prabhu announced announced ex-gratia of Rs 3.5 lakhs for families of the deceased and Rs 50,000 for those critically injured. A special train has been organised to transport those stranded.
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Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav asked the DGP to personally monitor the relief operations and deploy traffic police along the route of the mishap site to ensure green corridor for ambulances to reach hospitals quickly. More ambulances/roadways buses have been rushed to the spot for speedy relief operations, the CM said. Indian Railways announced helpline numbers for those seeking information of the accident victims — Indore-07411072, Ujjain- 07342560906, Ratlam-074121072, Orai-051621072, Jhansi- 05101072, Pokhraya-05113270239.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed deep anguish over the accident. “Anguished beyond words on the loss of lives due to the derailing of the Patna-Indore express. My thoughts are with the bereaved families,” the Prime Minister tweeted.
Expressing his condolences, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said he spoke to the DG of NDRF and instructed him to rush NDRF teams to Pukhrayan.
Meanwhile, Railways cancelled three trains and diverted 11 more. Jhansi-Lucknow Intercity, Jhansi-Kanpur passenger and Barauni Gwalior Mail have been cancelled. Lokmanya Tilak (12542, 12541), Rapti Sagar SF Express (12522, 12511), Pushpak Expres (12534), Lucknow Superfast (12107), Gwalior Barauni Mail (11124), Sabarmati Express (19167), Kushinagar Express (11015, 11016), Lucknow Pune Express (12104) were diverted.