7 dead, several injured after train derails in India
Seven persons died and several injured on Wednesday after nine coaches and the engine of an express train heading to New Delhi from Malda town in West Bengal derailed here in Uttar Pradesh, a railway official said.
Two passengers trapped in the bogies were feared dead, Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) Anand Kumar said. Heavy duty gas cutters were being used to extricate the bodies and all those still trapped in the damaged coaches.
#SpotVisuals: Rescue and relief operations are underway at the spot where 9 coaches of New Farakka Express train derailed in #Raebareli. 7 people died in the accident, 21 injured. pic.twitter.com/JwukreeWVY- ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) October 10, 2018
7 dead,21 injured after engine&9 coaches derailed.Injured taken to Dist Hospital in #Raebareli.All passengers evacuated.Special train is being arranged to take them. It may take 24-36 hrs for completion of clearance op:DRM Northern Railways on New Farakka Express Train derailment pic.twitter.com/UQOh3hHFIw- ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) October 10, 2018
The senior Railway Ministry official earlier told IANS that five coaches and the engine of the New Farakka Express derailed near Harchandpur in Rae Bareli around 6.05am.
He later put the toll at six and added that four more coaches had derailed. More than 60 people have been inured and rushed the district hospital in Rae Bareli.
New Farakka Express train derailment in #Raebareli pic.twitter.com/3zlsIIdQ7G- UttarPradesh.ORG News (@WeUttarPradesh) October 10, 2018
The death toll was expected to rise as several have been critically injured.
Rescue operations were being handled by National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams from Allahabad and Varanasi, who were rushed to the scene of the accident, the official added. An NDRF team from Lucknow was expected shortly.
At least 13 trains have been diverted or short terminated following the accident.
Addition Chief Secretary (Information) Avaneesh Awasthi said Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath was apprised of the situation. He has spoken to the district officials and senior police officers.
The authorities have been directed to ensure prompt relief and rescue operations.
Chairman of the Railway Board Ashwani Lohani would be visiting the accident site.
According to the passengers, the train derailed after a loud noise. People from nearby villages were first responders on the accident site.
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