At least seven people died and around 35 injured after nine coaches and the engine of the New Farakka Express (Train No. 14003) derailed near Rae Bareli in Uttar Pradesh at around 6 am on Wednesday. Several passengers on the train are feared trapped. The train was expected to reach New Delhi a little after 2.30 pm today.
A National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team has been deployed to Harchandpur Railways Station to conduct rescue and relief operations. Doctors have been rushed to the site of the accident as well. The District Magistrate and the Superintendent of Police are also present at the site of the accident.
Trains on the Varanasi-Lucknow route have been halted as officials expect the toll to rise.