Another train accident in Uttar Pradesh: Over 100 hurt as 12 coaches of Kaifiyat Express derail near Auraiya

Five AC coaches, four sleeper, two general and an SLR along with the engine and a power car jumped the tracks after coming in contact with the dumper which crashed under the wheels.

Published: 23rd August 2017 07:24 AM  |   Last Updated: 23rd August 2017 04:07 PM   |  A+A-

Kaifiyat Express derailed in Auraiya district of Uttar Pradesh. (PTI)

Express News Service

LUCKNOW: As many as 100 people were injured, some severely,  after 12 coaches of the 1225 Kaifiyat Express derailed between Achhalda and Pata railway stations near Auraiya in Allahabad division of Northern Central Railway at 2:40 on Wednesday morning.

Initially, it was reported that over 70 were injured in the Kaifiyat Express derailment. But according to a latest PTI update, the injury toll has increased to 100. 

However, no fatalities were reported as of now. The train which was going from Azamgarh to Delhi collided with a sand-laden dumper that was crossing the track Both drivers of the train, which was travelling at a speed of 107 km per hour, were left critically injured.

All those who received injuries were rushed to hospitals in Auraiya, Kannauj, and Etawah, confirmed Sanjeev Tyagi, the SP of Auriya.

The incident comes just three days after 14 coaches of the Kalinga Utkal Express derailed at Khatauli railway station in Muzaffarnagar, killing 22 people and injuring hundreds.

In the Kaifiyat Express accident five AC coaches, four sleeper coaches, two general and an SLR along with the engine and power car were thrown off the rails upon contact with the dumper which crashed under the wheels due to the impact of the collision.

Senior Raliways and police officials rushed to the spot to organise rescue and relief operations.

As per Northern Central Railway sources, work for a dedicated freight corridor was going on at the site at the time of the accident.

Rescues teams from Etawah, Allahabad and Kannauj reached the spot to carry out relief and rescue operations and to clear the tracks. The Etawah police administration also rushed eight Station House Officers and two Circle Officers to the site of the accident to oversee the relief operations. Besides, an NDRF team was also deployed at the accident spot to join the rescue operations.

According to UP Principal secretary, Home, Arvind Kumar, rescue operations were over and the tracks were being cleared at the time of filing of this report. While a relief train from Agra was arranged to ferry the stranded passengers to Delhi, railway traffic remained disrupted on the stretch as over 40 trains on the Kanpur-Tundla section stood diverted or cancelled after the mishap.

(with inputs from PTI)

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