Eight coaches of Mahakaushal Express derail in Mahoba; over 50 injured

Eight coaches of the Jabalpur- Nizamuddin Mahakaushal Express derailed in the wee hours today near Mahoba station in Uttar Pradesh.

Published: 30th March 2017 05:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 30th March 2017 02:58 PM   |  A+A-

Six bogies of Mahakaushal express derail near Kulapahar in Mahoba. | Picture Courtesy: ANI

Express News Service

LUCKNOW: Eight bogies of the Jabalpur-Nizamuddin Mahakaushal Express derailed early on Thursday in Mahoba district of Bundelkhand region of Uttar Pradesh injuring more than 50 passengers. 

According to additional director general of police (Law & Order) Daljit Chaudhary said all the injured persons, including two persons with grievous injuries and multiple fractures, were referred to Jhansi Medical College.

The mishap took place around 2.20 am when eight bogies of the train jumped off the track between Mahoba and Kulpahad railway stations near Supa village. However, the train left the accident site at 6.48 am, with 10 coaches.

Though a few coaches tumbled, they did not climb over each other as it happens in such cases, resulting in minimum damage, said Railway officials.

The NDRF teams arrived at the spot and rescue operations were taken up. Anti-Terror Squad of UP police also reached the accident site to ascertain the cause of mishap.

UP Minister for Health Siddharth Nath Singh, who rushed to the spot, announced a financial assistance of Rs. 50,000 each to the seriously injured and Rs. 25,000 to those who suffered minor injuries.

Railways have ordered a probe into the incident that left 400 metres of track damaged. Traffic on the route was also disrupted with around 14 trains either diverted or cancelled, said railway officials said.

All coaches that derailed on Thursday were conventional ones and manufactured at the Integral Coach Factory in Chennai.  

Railways have pressed 15 buses into service for carrying about 200 passengers, who were travelling in affected coaches, to Jhansi. At least 17 helplines numbers were activated at different stations en route. Besides, railways have made catering arrangement for the passengers on the site. The traffic on the affected segment is likely to be restored by midnight after the replacement of damaged section of the
track.

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