12 killed, many injured in Uttakal Express train accident in UP

by Abel Hampton August 20, 2017, 0:09
12 killed, many injured in Uttakal Express train accident in UP

As many as six coaches went off track and at least 20 people have been reported injured in the incident.

Several passengers were feared to be dead.

He further informed that the Uttar Pradesh Administration is in touch with the Railway Ministry and will provide all necessary help needed for relief and rescue operation.

The incident took place around 6:00 pm in the evening. The injured are being shifted to nearby hospital.

The numbers are: 0131-2436918, 0131-2436103 and 0131- 2436564.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday called the Utkal train derailment as "unfortunate" and issued a direction to officials to give all possible assistance to injured passengers of the Express. As of now, it's not clear how the accident happened. "Still monitoring situation closely", Prabhu tweeted. The Union Railway Minister ordered an inquiry into the matter and said that any lapse would be dealt with strictly. The derailment is likely to affect train movements on the busy northern route.

In Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh ADG (Law and Order) Anand Kumar said that top priority was being accorded to ensure prompt rescue and relief work.

"There could be injuries", said Indian Railways spokesperson Anil Saxena.

PM Narendra Modi also expressed his sadness over the train accident and directed officials to speed up the rescue operation.

Suresh Prabhu has also announced compensation for the deceased and injured.

"Have instructed Chairman Rly Board, Member Traffic to oversee rescue and relief operations.I am personally monitoring situation", he said.

The Chief Minister also expressed grief over the accident and said that proper treatment will be provided to everyone injured in the train derailment.

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