Vasco Da Gama-Patna Express derailment: Train mishap kills 3 in Chitrakoot; Railways Minister announces compensation

Vasco da Gama-Patna Express accident live updates: Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal announced an ex-gratia compensation of Rs 5 lakh each to kin of dead in the accident, Rs 1 lakh for those with grevious injuries and Rs 50,000 for those injured.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 24, 2017 2:50 pm
Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal announced an ex-gratia compensation of Rs 5 lakh each to kin of dead in the accident, Rs 1 lakh for those with grevious injuries and Rs 50,000 for those injured. Vasco Da Gama-Patna Express derailment live: Derailed coaches of Vasco Da Gama-Patna express train near Manikpur railway station in Manikpur Uttar Pradesh on Friday. PTI Photo

At least thirteen coaches of the Vasco Da Gama-Patna express derailed at Manikpur railway station in Chitrakoot, Uttar Pradesh on Friday morning, killing three people and leaving at least nine injured, as reported by news agency PTI.  Union Railways Minister Piyush Goyal announced an ex-gratia compensation of Rs 5 lakh each to kin of dead in the accident, Rs 1 lakh for those with grevious injuries and Rs 50,000 for those injured.

READ | Vasco Da Gama-Patna express derails in UP: List of train accidents in the state so far

The train that was travelling from Goa to Patna derailed around 4.14 am. In the aftermath of the derailment, movement of trains was disrupted on the Patna-Allahabad route.

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12.45 pm: Union Minister for Science & Technology, Harsh Vardhan, took to Twitter to express his grief. He tweeted, “Deeply saddened to hear of the horrible incident with the #VascoDaGama Express. My thoughts and prayers with the bereaved.”

12.25 pm: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath announced a compensation of Rs 2 lakh to the family members of those killed in a train derailment in Chitrakoot district. Adityanath has also declared Rs 50,000 for each of the seriously injured and Rs 25,000 for those who suffered minor injuries, an official release said.

12.10 pm: Also, earlier today morning, the engine of the Jammu-Patna Archana Express was separated from the train near Saharanpur. The train later departed after clearance

11.50 am: Meanwhile, a Paradeep-Cuttack goods train jumped the rails between Goraknath and Raghunathpur in Odisha early on Friday morning, officials said. However, no casualty was reported in the accident which occurred at around 5.55 am, spokesperson, East Coast Railway, JP Mishra told PTI.

11.30 am: A recap for all our readers who have joined us now.

The Vasco Da Gama-Patna express (12741) derailed at Manikpur railway station in Chitrakoot, Uttar Pradesh on Friday morning, killing three people and leaving at least nine injured. At least thirteen coaches of the train that was travelling from Goa to Patna derailed around 4.14 am. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal expressed grif and offered their condolences at the demise of the three people. Goyal announced an ex-gratia compensation of Rs 5 lakh each to kin of dead in the accident, Rs 1 lakh for those with grevious injuries and Rs 50,000 for those injured.

At least thirteen coaches of the Vasco Da Gama-Patna express derailed at Manikpur railway station in Chitrakoot, Uttar Pradesh. At least 13 coaches of the Vasco De Gama-Patna Express derailed near UP’s Banda. (Source: Ani photo)

11.00 am: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath expressed grief over the death of passengers in a train derailment in Chitrakoot district. He conveyed his sympathies to the families of the victims and wished speedy recovery to those injured. The chief minister directed officials to ensure adequate and speedy treatment of the injured, an official release said.

10.30 am: Union Minister for Railways, Piyush Goyal, ordered a probe into the train accident. “Immediate rescue and relief operations started and an inquiry ordered into the derailment of Vasco De Gama-Patna Express at Manikpur, UP.”

10.00 am: A list of the helpline number have also been released

At least thirteen coaches of the Vasco Da Gama-Patna express derailed at Manikpur railway station in Chitrakoot, Uttar Pradesh.

09.45 am: Railway Minister Piyush Goyal expressed grief over the accident and took to Twitter saying, “My sincere condolences to the families of the deceased.”

09.30 am: The deceased have been identified as father-son duo, Ram Swaroop Patel and his son Deepak Patel (6).

09.15 am: Railway Minister Piyush Goyal announces ex-gratia compensation of Rs 5 lakh each to kin of dead in Vasco Da Gama-Patna express derailment, Rs 1 lakh for those with grevious injuries and Rs 50,000 for those injured.

09.00 am: North Central Railway spokesperson Amit Malviya said that a train with the remaining passengers left for Patna at 7.25 am from the accident site, as reported by IANS

08.45 am: In the aftermath of the derailment, movement of trains was disrupted on the Patna-Allahabad route.

08.30 am: Providing a breakup of the derailed coaches, North Central Railway PRO Amit Malviya said, the coaches which jumped off the rails were coaches numbered S3-S11, two general coaches and two extra coaches.

08.15 am: Confirming the casualties, Chitrakoot SP Pratap Gopendra Singh said a father-son duo from Bettiah district of Bihar died on the spot while the third person died at a hospital.

At least thirteen coaches of the Vasco Da Gama-Patna express derailed at Manikpur railway station in Chitrakoot, Uttar Pradesh. Providing a breakup of the derailed coaches, North Central Railway PRO Amit Malviya said, the coaches which jumped off the rails were coaches numbered S3-S11, two general coaches and two extra coaches.

08.05 am: We have setup helpline numbers, rescue and relief operations are underway, says Anil Saxena, PRO Indian Railways

07.50 am: Three dead, nine injured in Vasco Da Gama-Patna Express derailment in Uttar Pradesh, says SP, Chitrakoot

07.40 am: The divisional railway manager (DRM), Allahabad has already reached the spot while the General Manager, NCR is on his way, he said.

07.35 am: “The injured have been rushed to the hospital and officials have left for the spot. Relief operations are underway,” North Central Railway PRO Amit Malviya said. He further said that soon after the accident, a medical train reached the spot and by 5:20 am, an accident relief train was dispatched for the spot.

At least thirteen coaches of the Vasco Da Gama-Patna express derailed at Manikpur railway station in Chitrakoot, Uttar Pradesh. Uttar Pradesh Additional Director General (law and order) says, “Prima facie the cause of accident looks like fractured Railway track as per local assessment”

07.20 am: Uttar Pradesh Additional Director General (law and order) says, “Prima facie the cause of accident looks like fractured Railway track as per local assessment.”

7.00 am: Atleast two dead and 8 injured in the train accident that took place at 4:18 am

6.45 am: 13 coaches of the Vasco De Gama-Patna Express derail near Banda in Uttar Pradesh, injuring 7 people

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    Umair
    Nov 24, 2017 at 1:49 pm
    Mr Dhongi nath...stop wasting tax payers money on compensations everywhere.. compensate the railway department as according to the Railways the department is facing heavy losses.. these accidents will keep happening in future as well coz no common passengers gets the safety and security like you VIP's and compensating wont bring the dead and deceased back. So stop being so fruitful as you are not and take an action as early as possible coz train derailments now adays are not surprising for any of us
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      Egghead
      Nov 24, 2017 at 1:47 pm
      India needs super corridors for bullet rains-each corridor entails a burden of around Rs 1 Lakh Crore. These 'White Elephants' will catapult 'MERA BHARAT MAHAAN' in the category of developed nations. Who cares for 'cattle class' travelling on 100 year old beaten railway tracks. 1 of the rare lop-sided priorities of an individual otherwise he is on the right track.
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        ASHOK
        Nov 24, 2017 at 1:30 pm
        This BJP Government runs on "Ram Bharosae" One Lac crore Rupees for Bullet Trains and no focus on Maintenance. Only "Monkey Baat" and nothing else.
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          Egghead
          Nov 24, 2017 at 1:50 pm
          Maintenance of bullet trains their tracks is assured in advance who cares for 'cattle class' travelling on century old tracks, that call for major overhaul. still there are toadies who support these bullet train projects.
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          Harish
          Nov 24, 2017 at 1:23 pm
          Compensation and sympathy can't make the situation better. Make a transparent and fast inquiry, and punish those who are responsible then only you can expect an improvement in situation in future.
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            Egghead
            Nov 24, 2017 at 1:51 pm
            How many inquiries have resulted in punishment?
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            Shabir Ahmad Bhat
            Nov 24, 2017 at 1:05 pm
            Another train accident,loss of precious lives,visit by VVIPs,announcement of another enquiry and no action thereafter.This is how Indian Railways Dept. works.
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              Egghead
              Nov 24, 2017 at 1:55 pm
              I agree with you that is why Super corridors-each with a burden of Rs. 1 Lakh crores are being planned to run bullet trains. No accident, no inquiry no compensation!? What an irony of a 'dysfunctional democracy'. One man's pipe dream is toadies' dream.
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