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61 injured as Sealdah-Ajmer express derails near Kanpur
New Delhi, December 28, 2016
At least 61 passengers suffered injuries when as many as 15 coaches of the 12987 Sealdah-Ajmer Express derailed near Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh early this morning, official sources said.
The mishap occurred around 0520 hours close to Rura station on the Kanpur-Tundla section of the Allahabad Division of North Central Railway (NCR), about 50 km from Kanpur, blocking both the up and down lines on the busy Kanpur-New Delhi route for several hours, railway officials said.
According to them, the affected coaches were the sixth to the 20th from the engine and included 13 sleeper coaches (S1-S13) and two general coaches.
The sources said the injured were admitted to nearby hospitals for treatment, where the condition of two was said to be serious.
Senior officials of the Railways, the district administration and the police as well as personnel of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) rushed to the scene to help in the rescue and relief efforts.
An accident relief train and medical vans were also rushed to the spot.
Railway Board Chairman A K Mittal was among those who rushed to the scene of the mishap.
Minister of Railways Suresh Prabhu announced an enhanced ex-gratia payment of Rs. 50,000 for those who suffered grievous injuries and Rs. 25,000 for those with simple injuries.
A statutory inquiry will be conducted into the accident by the Commissioner of Railway Safety (CRS), Northern Circle, under the Ministry of Civil Aviation.
Stranded passengers of the affected trains were later cleared towards their respective destinations. They were also provided with drinking water and snacks at Kanpur station by the Railway Administration.
Due to this accident, the traffic on Kanpur – Etawah section has been affected and Railways had to divert, short-terminate and cancel certain trains passing through this section which are being notified by the respective Zonal Railways.
Earlier, Minister of Railways Suresh Prabhu said earlier in the day that he was monitoring the situation and had directed senior officials to rush to the site immediately.
"Immediate medical help being provided to the injured. Mobilized resources,directed all concerned to ensure rescue and relief," he said on micro-blogging site Twitter.
"Thorough investigation will be carried out to ascertain the cause," he added.
The Railways have set up the following helpline numbers for passengers and their relatives:
Kanpur 0512-1072, 2323015, 2323016, 2323018
Allahabad 0532-1072, 2408149, 2408128,
Tundla 05612-220337, 220338