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43 injured as 12 coaches of Kaifiyat Express derail in Auraiya district of UP
New Delhi, August 23, 2017
At least 43 passengers suffered injuries when 12 coaches and the engine of the 12225 Azamgarh-Delhi Kaifiyat Express derailed in Auraiya district of Uttar Pradesh after a dumper collided with the train at an unauthorised crossing in the early hours of today.
The dumper was attempting to cross the tracks at a place where crossings are not allowed when it stalled and was hit by the engine of the train, resulting in the derailment, between Pata and Achalda stations on the Kanpur-Tundla section of Allahabad Division of North Central Railway, official sources said.
Today's accident has occurred just four days after 21 passengers died and 97 others suffered injuries when 14 of the 23 coaches of the 18477 Utkal Express, from Puri in Odisha to Haridwar in Uttarakhand, derailed at Khatauli, about 25 km from Muzzafarnagar, in Uttar Pradesh, last Saturday evening.
North Central Railway spokesman Gaurav Krishna Bansal told NetIndian over the telephone that 43 passengers had suffered injuries and were taken to nearby hospitals. Of them, four had serious injuries while 39 had received "simple injuries", he said.
Railway officials from nearby stations, including Allahabad, Kanpur and Etawah, have rushed to the scene of the mishap to oversee relief operations.
Among others, the General Manager of North Central Railway and the Divisional Railway Manager, Allahabad have left for the scene, the sources said.
Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu is monitoring the rescue and relief efforts and has directed senior officers to reach the site immediately, they said.
Mr. Bansal said work on restoration of normal rail traffic on the affected section was in progress and was expected to be completed soon.
Apart from railway officials and staff, district administration officials, police and other emergency services personnel rushed to the scene. A team from the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) was also sent to the spot.
Following the accident, the Railways have cancelled or diverted some trains, the sources said.
The Railways have set up the following helplines for the benefit of passengers and their relatives:
New Delhi: 011-23342954, 23341074
Delhi: 011-23962389, 23967332
Anand Vihar 09717648382
Allahabad: 0532-1072, 220095, 220096, 220097
Etawah-05688-1072, 266382, 266383
Kanpur-0512-1072, 2323015, 2323016, 2323018
Aligarh-0571-1072, 2403458, 2403055
Tundla-05612-1072, 220337, 220338, 220339
Allahabad-0532-1072, 2408149, 2408128, 2407353
Fatehpur-05180-1072, 222025, 222026, 222436
Hathras: 05722-107200, 242741, 242742, 242803
Khurja: 05738-1072, 253084, 253085, 253308
Chuna: 05443-1072, 222487, 222137, 290049
Mirzapur: 05442-1072, 220095, 220096, 220097