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Several injured as Sealdah-Ajmer Express derails near Kanpur
New Delhi, December 28, 2016
Several passengers suffered injuries when 15 coaches of the 12987 Sealdah-Ajmer Express derailed near Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh early this morning.
The mishap occurred around 0520 hours between Rura and Metha stations of North Central Railway, about 50 km from Kanpur, official sources said.
An accident relief train and medical teams have reached the scene of the accident, they said.
District administration and police officials had also reached the scene and were supervising the rescue and relief efforts.
Rail traffic on the busy route has been disrupted and efforts were being made to restore normal movement of trains at the earliest.
Minister of Railways Suresh Prabhu said 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.
Mr. Prabhu said he had directed the Chairman of the Railway Board and all senior officials to ensure the best possible help to the victims.
"Ex gratia will be paid to injured . All passengers are being provided with necessary assistance to ensure least inconvenience.Doing our best," he said.
He said the the Railways were working with hospitals and the Kanpur Dehat district administration to offer the best possible care for the victims.