File photo of the scene after a train accident in Uttar Pradesh on January 2, 2010.
Fatehpur, July 10, 2011
More than 100 passengers were injured when 12 coaches of the Howrah-Kalka Mail derailed near Malwa railway station in Uttar Pradesh on the Howrah-Delhi route of North-Central Railway near here today.
NCR General Manager H C Joshi, who has rushed to the spot, told UNI on telephone that two railway officials on the spot had informed him that it was a major accident.
"The total number of injured passengers could be around 100," he said.
The derailed coaches include three air-conditioned coaches along with the engine. The impact of the derailment was such that some coaches had climbed on to others. The derailment occurred at around 1215 hrs.
Mr Joshi said the injured passengers were being shifted to hospitals in private vehicles while relief trains have been rushed from Kanpur and Allahabad. "Local people are helping a lot to shift the injured to the hospitals," he said.
As a result of the accident, train services on the busy Howrah-Delhi route have been paralysed.
The ill-fated train which left from Howrah last night was scheduled to reach Kalka early tomorrow morning via Old Delhi station.
The Railways have set up helplines at Kanpur station for providing information to relatives of the passengers.
The numbers are 0512-2323015,0512-2323016 and 0512-232318. The helpline number at Allahabad is 0532-2207353.