Published On: Sat, Aug 19th, 2017

11 coaches of Utkal Express derail in UP’s Muzaffarnagar, 23 feared dead

New Delhi/Lucknow: At least twenty three passengers were feared died and over 50 others injured when 11 coaches of the Utkal Express derailed near Khatauli in Muzaffarnagar district of Uttar Pradesh. More casualites are feared, said sources.

Have ordered an inquiry into the unfortunate accident to ascertain the cause

According to reports, the incident occurred around 5.46 pm in Khatauli, in Muzaffarnagar district.

The train was headed from Puri in Odisha to Haridwar in Uttarakhand.

However, Northern Railways spokesperson Neeraj Sharma said that six coaches of the train derailed in which over 20 passengers have been injured.

He said the railways has rushed medical vans to the site and rescue operations are underway.

Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu said he was personally monitoring the situation and a probe has been ordered.

“I am personally monitoring situation. Have instructed senior officers to reach site immediately and ensure speedy rescue and relief operations,” Prabhu said in series of tweets.

“Have ordered an inquiry into the unfortunate accident to ascertain the cause. Strict action will be taken against any lapse,” he said.

The Minister said that medical vans have been rushed to the site. All efforts are being taken to ensure speedy relief and rescue operations, he said.

“I have instructed Chairman Railway Board, Member Traffic to oversee rescue and relief operations,” he said, adding that he has also instructed the General Manager, other senior officials to ensure all possible help to the people.

The Minister said that he was in close touch with Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, state government officials, district administration to coordinate rescue and relief operations

Calling it a sad incident, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath assured that the injured passengers will be given complete treatment. He added that directions have been issued for all possible assistance.

The Meerut district hospital and LLRM Medical College have opened the following helpline numbers following the accident: 94544 55183, 9410609434, and 0121-2604977

The local district administration officials have rushed to the accident site and the NDRF teams have been mobilized to conduct rescue operation.

Rail traffic is likely to be affected due to the derailment.

The Uttar Pradesh government has also dispatched a team of Anti-Terrorist Squad officials to investigate into a possible terror angle into the train mishap.

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