2 people have been killed and 43 reportedly injured after 15 coaches of Sealdah-Ajmer Express derailed near Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh today morning.
The senior police officer, Zaki Ahmed, told that two of the passengers brought out of the wrecked coaches have died in hospital and eight people are believed to be in a critical state.
the coaches of the 12987 Sealdah-Ajmer Express went off track when the train was crossing a bridge over a dry canal, nearly 70 km from Kanpur. Two coaches toppled off the bridge and fell into the canal bed.
The cause of the derailment is not yet known.
A passenger told he was woken up by a loud bang, “Our coach tilted to one side. I jumped out and saw a few coaches were derailed,”
Javed Ahmed, Uttar Pradesh’s top police officer, said all the passengers have been brought out of the derailed coaches.
Railway minister, Suresh Prabhu tweeted, “Immediate medical help being provided to the injured. Mobilised resources, directed all concerned to ensure rescue and relief”.
In another tweet, he said, “Thorough investigation will be carried out to ascertain the cause,”
Indian Railways has issued following helpline numbers:
Derailment Sealdah Ajmer Ex Help Line No. pic.twitter.com/2Q2dizU3Rc
— Ministry of Railways (@RailMinIndia) 28 December 2016