74 injured as train derails in Auraiya
Lucknow, August 23 (PTI) Around 74 passengers were injured when nine Express Kafiyat bogies derailed in the Auraiya district early in the afternoon after hitting a ship carrying construction materials for railway workers, officials said.
However, the railways reported that 25 people were injured in the incident and that the unloader did not belong to them.
The train traveled from Azamgarh to Delhi collided with the dumper at 02:50 am between Pata Achhalda stations said a spokesman for the Northern Railway (NCR).
Home Secretary Arvind Kumar said 74 people were injured, four of whom were seriously injured and were taken to hospitals in Saifai and Etawah.
Police Superintendent Auraiya Sanjeev Tyagi also said 74 passengers were injured in the incident.
Kafiyat Express met with an accident at an unmanned railway crossing because of a loader carrying to the arena for track work for the dedicated freight corridor, said the secretary, Home, Bhagwan Swarup.
The rescue operations were completed and the passengers were transferred to the Achalda station and the emergency train to reach Delhi.
This is the second rail accident in Uttar Pradesh in five days. On Saturday, a passenger train derailed in Muzaffaragar district leaving more than 22 dead and another 156 injured.
“An authorized landfill broke the rail fence and hit the Kaifiyat express engine causing a derailment,” the Ministry of Railways said in a statement.
“There are no casualties, but 25 people have been injured,” the statement said.
Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu tweeted: “A dumper struck the Kaifiyat Express locomotive, causing a derailment. Some passengers were injured and moved to nearby hospitals.”
He stated that he personally supervised the situation and ordered the officials to immediately access the site.
Kaifiyat Express travel from Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh and Delhi and the collision had an impact on the train traffic on the Delhi-Howrah route.
Five trains, including Howrah-Delhi Rajdhani, were hijacked and seven trains, including Kanpur-Delhi Shatabdi Express were canceled. Since the UP and DOWN lines are blocked, about 40 local trains have also been diverted.
On receiving information about the disaster, the authorities went to the accident site, which is Acchalda police station, about 180 kilometers from Lucknow.
Additional forces and ambulances were taken at the scene of the Auraiya, Etawah and Kannauj, while the NDRF team was sent to Lucknow to provide support to the victims. A medical train and a first aid train were sent from Allahabad to the scene of the accident.
An NCR spokesman said rescue operations were completed and all injuries were sent to nearby hospitals.
Additional forces and ambulances were collected Auraiya, Etawah and Kannauj, while the NDRF team was sent to Lucknow to provide relief to the victims.