Toll in UP train derailment 21: Railways

Out of the 97 injured persons, 26 passengers are grievously injured while 71 have simple injuries, the railways said in a statement.

Published: 20th August 2017 09:35 AM  |   Last Updated: 20th August 2017 09:53 AM   |  A+A-

Rescuers carry the body of a victim recovered from upturned coaches of the Kalinga-Utkal Express after an accident near Khatauli, in Uttar Pradesh. (AP)

By PTI

NEW DELHI: The Railways on Sunday put the death toll in the derailment of the Utkal Express near Khatauli in UP at 21 and said 97 passengers were injured.

Out of the 97 injured persons, 26 passengers are grievously injured while 71 have simple injuries, the railways said in a statement.

Many injured persons have been discharged after first aid.

The injured passengers have been admitted in various hospitals in Meerut and Muzaffarnagar.

The affected rail route is expected to be cleared and traffic is likely to be restored by 7 pm, the railways said.

Fourteen coaches of the high-speed Utkal Express yesterday jumped the rails, with one of them crashing into a house adjacent to the track near Khatauli in UP.

The accident occurred around 5.45 pm near Khatauli town, 40 km off Muzaffarnagar.

Deepak Agarwal, Commissioner, Saharanpur Division and District Magistrate, Muzaffarnagar, G S Priyadarshi had yesterday said 21 bodies were in the mortuary while another body of a woman was being pulled out.

The train was coming from Puri in Odisha and going to Haridwar in Uttarakhand, normally a journey of about 36 hours.

The coaches damaged were S1 to S10 sleeper class, third AC B1, second AC A1 coach and the pantry.

Muzaffarnagar authorities have set up a control room to assist families of those affected. The numbers are: 01312436918, 0131-2436103 and 0131-2436564.

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