Kanpur: At least seven persons were left injured as 15 coaches of Ajmer-Sealdah Express train derailed in Kanpur Dehat district of Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday, said ADG PRO Railways Anil Saxena.
15 coaches of the train have been derailed, starting from coach number 6 to 20, confirmed ADG PRO Railway Anil Saxena.
“There was fog at that section, but investigation is going on. Traffic has been affected on the Kanpur-Etawah route,” Saxena further added.
The incident happened near Rura-Metha railway station in Kanpur Dehat district around 5.20 AM on Wednesday, confirmed Indian Railways.
UP DGP Javeed Ahmed has confirmed the accident on Twitter.
“Derailment near Rura Kanpur. Rescue going on. 16 rescued admitted to hospital. No casualty so far,” he tweeted.
Derailment near Rura Kanpur. Rescue going on. 16 evacuated to hospital. No casualty so far.
— Javeed (@javeeddgpup) December 28, 2016
Following the accident, the Indian Railways has issued helpline numbers.
#AjmerSaeldah Express derailment: Indian Railways issue helpline numbers pic.twitter.com/vm2QDOLeZx — ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) December 28, 2016
Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu tweeted, “Personally monitoring the situation in wake of unfortunate derailment of Sealdah-Ajmer express near Kanpur.”
Prabhu has also directed the senior officials to reach the accident site immediately.
“Ex-gratia will be paid to injured. All passengers are being provided with necessary assistance to ensure least inconvenience. Doing our best,” tweeted Prabhu.
3/Immediate medical help being provided to the injured. Mobilized resources,directed all concerned to ensure rescue and relief
— Suresh Prabhu (@sureshpprabhu) December 28, 2016
However, unconfirmed report say that 14 coaches of the express train have derailed leaving several injured.
#WATCH 14 coaches of Train no 12988 #AjmerSaeldah express derail near Roora (Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh). Several injured. pic.twitter.com/s3VRDUavlu — ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) December 28, 2016
Earlier on November 20, fourteen coaches of the Indore-Patna Express got derailed, killing at least 120 and injuring 200, near Pukhrayan in Kanpur district Uttar Pradesh.