Published On: Wed, Aug 23rd, 2017

Kaifiyat express derails near Auraiya, 74 passengers injured, four critical

Lucknow/New Delhi: Barely five after the Utkal Express mishap near Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Prdaesh, yet another train derailement occurred and this time it was the Kaifiyat Express whose 10 coaches derailed near Auraiya district on Wednesday morning injuring at least 74 passengers.

Two others injured passengers have been shifted to Saifai medical college

Out of the total 74 injured passengers, the condition of four is stated to be critical, said a police official.

The incident occurred after the train bound for New Delhi from Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh hit a dumper, which had overturned on the railway tracks between Achalda and Pata stations around 2.40 am, a railway official said.

According to the police, the four persons with serious head injuries were rushed to Etawah district hospital.

Two others injured passengers have been shifted to Saifai medical college, he said.

Principal secretary (Home) Arvind Kumar said the rescue work concluded around 7 am.

The dumper carried sand for the railway work of dedicated freight corridor running parallel to the track, said a police official.

However, railway officials in Delhi said the dumper did not belong to the corridor project.

Senior officials from Etawah, Auraiya and Kannauj rushed to the spot and oversaw the rescue operation, said a state government official.

Kanpur Divisional Commissioner PK Mohanty said other injured were shifted to medical facilities in Etawah.

The official said work was underway to repair the tracks and clear the important Delhi-Howrah route from which hundreds of trains pass every day.

At least seven trains were cancelled and 40 diverted due to the incident.

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