Published On: Fri, Nov 24th, 2017

Three passengers killed as Vasco Da Gama express derails in UP

Manikpur (Uttar Pradesh): At least three passengers were killed and over seven others injured after 13 coaches of the Vasco Da Gama-Patna express derailed on Friday near Manikpur in Uttar Pradesh, railways officials said.

Chairman Railway Board Ashwani Lohani has rushed to the accident site

The accident occurred at the Manikpur station in Chitrakoot district at 4.18 am.

Railway Minister Piyush Goyal on Friday condoled the death of three passengers, who died after 13 coaches of the Patna-Vasco Da Gama express derailed in Uttar Pradesh’s Manikpur. He ordered a probe.

“Immediate rescue and relief operations started and an inquiry ordered into the derailment of Vasco Da Gama-Patna Express at Manikpur, UP. My sincere condolences to the families of the deceased,” Goyal said in a tweet.

The train going towards Patna, met with an accident at 4.18 am at the Manikpur Station.

Railway Ministry spokesperson Anil Saxena said that railways has announced an ex-gratia of Rs five lakh to the kin of the deceased, while Rs one lakh for the passengers with grievous injuries and Rs 50,000 for those with simple injuries.

“Chairman Railway Board Ashwani Lohani has rushed to the accident site,” he added.

The 13 derailed coaches comprise S3, S4, S5, S6, S7, S8, S9, S10, S11, two extra sleeper coaches and two general coaches.

Meanwhile, after the accident, a train with the remaining passengers left for Patna at 7.25 am from Manikpur.

State’s Additional Director General of police (Law and Order) Anand Kumar said the derailment occurred due to a fracture in the railway tracks.

Two of the victims were identified as Deepak Patel and his father Ram Swaroop from Betia, Bihar. The third person succumbed to his injuries later.

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