Fourteen coaches of a high-speed Puri-Haridwar Kalinga Utkal Express jumped the rails on Saturday evening, with one of them crashing into a house adjacent to the track near Khatauli on Saturday evening, claiming at least 21 lives and leaving over 97 injured.
The accident occurred around 5.45 pm on Saturday near Khatauli town in this district, the Uttar Pradesh Police said. Khatauli is around 40 km from Muzaffarnagar.
The injured have been admitted to the District Hospital, Muzaffarnagar. Some others were taken to Muzaffarnagar Medical College and Meerut Medical College, he added.
According to a statement from railway ministry, the 14521/14522 Ambala-Delhi-Ambala Intercity Express, 18478 Haridwar-Puri Utkal Kalinga Express and the 14682 JalandharNew Delhi Intercity Express, which will commence journey tomorrow, stood cancelled.
Haridwar railway administration has released two helpline numbers: 9760534054,5101
Muzaffarnagar authorities too have set up a control room to assist families of those affected.
The numbers are: 0131-2436918, 0131-2436103 and 0131- 2436564.