Utkal Express derailment: Rs 25 lakh disbursed so far as ex-gratia to accident victims, says Railways
Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has announced that Rs 3.5 lakh will be paid to the kin of the dead, Rs 50,000 to the grievously injured and Rs 25,000 to those with minor injuries.
The authorities came at least an hour and a half after the accident, whereas the locals contributed the most to the rescue.
A total of 156 passengers have been injured and 23 passengers reported dead in this unfortunate accident.
Two heavy duty 140-tonne cranes were pressed into service at the crack of the dawn to clear derailed coaches, from which the survivors were rescued and bodies pulled out till late last night.
The tragic accident in Khatauli area in the district was not a nightmare for just the passengers of the ill-fated Utkal Express, but also for the locals whose houses lined the tracks.
Fourteen coaches of the Utkal Express, which was on its way from Puri to Hardwar, derailed in Muzaffarnagar district of Uttar Pradesh this evening, causing deaths and injuries.