6 coaches of Utkal Express derail in Muzaffarnagar

Pauline Gross
Августа 19, 2017

Ten dead after fourteen coaches of Puri-Haridwar-Kalinga Utkal Express on Saturday derail at Khatauli in Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh. Meanwhile, DG (Meerut Zone) Prashant Kumar said the number of injured persons was uncertain. National Disaster Response Force teams have been deployed to the site in Muzaffarnagar. Similarly the derailment of the Hirakhand Express in Andhra Pradesh and a goods train near Koraput in Odisha had also raised similar suspicions.

Prabhu took to Twitter to share information on the same and posted, "Have ordered an inquiry into the unfortunate accident to ascertain the cause". The derailment was apparently due to application of emergency breaks immediately after the train left the Khatauli station.

However, the incident took place at around 6:45 PM.

Union Ministers Dr. Sanjeev Balyan and Manoj Sinha to rush to accident site.

Rescue operations are underway and hospitals of Muzaffarnagar and adjoining districts were kept on high alert to attend to the injured with promptness and give them proper medical aid.

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30 people have been reported injured in the incident.

Railway department has issued helpline no 9760534054/5101 for emergency contact.

He also informed, "In close touch with @CMOfficeUP, State Government officials, district administration to coordinate rescue and relief operations".

Northern Railways spokesperson Neeraj Sharma has said, "Six coaches of the train derailed in which over 20 passengers have been injured". "Have instructed Chairman Rly Board, Member Traffic to oversee rescue and relief operations.I am personally monitoring situation", he said. Those with minor injuries are receiving treatment at the spot.

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