New Delhi : Six coaches of the Puri-Haridwar-Kalinga Utkal Express have derailed in Uttar Pradesh. The incident took place in Khautali in Muzaffarnagar, barely 100 kilometres from the national capital, New Delhi. The train was headed from Puri in Odisha to Haridwar in Uttarakhand. The number of casualties is not known yet. The district administration has begun rescue operations; National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams have been sent from Delhi. We got some information that 5 passengers have been died and 34 injured after six coaches of 18477 Puri Haridwar Kalinga Utkal Express derailed.
Railways has released contact numbers for getting information about the accident. The numbers are 9760534054 and 5101. Initial visuals of the incident suggests that the casualties may rise as several coaches appeared mangled over one another. The reason behind the accident is still not clear. The rescue operations are under way. NDRF teams have been mobilised for rescue operation. Injured have been rushed to a local hospital.
“I am personally monitoring situation.Hv instructed senior officers to reach site immediately and ensure speedy rescue and relief operations,” Rail minister Suresh Prabhu said on Twitter. “Medical vans have been rushed to the site.All efforts being taken to ensure speedy relief and rescue operations. Have instructed Chairman Rly Board,Member Traffic to oversee rescue and relief operations.I am personally monitoring situation,” he said.