After Utkal Express tragedy, Railway Ministry clarifies train accidents have declined in the past three years
In 2014-15, the number of accidents was 135 which decreased to 107 in 2015-16 and further to 104 in 2016-17, the Ministry said.
Maintenance equipment found at accident site; Railways probing if repair work was authorised
Utkal Express derailment: Three top Railways officials sent on leave, four engineering officers suspended
The Railways sent on leave its three top officials, including a secretary-level Railway Board official, suspended four officers and transferred one
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 probe, which will begin tomorrow, will be conducted by the Commissioner, Railway Safety, Shailesh Kumar Pathak, who will look into every angle.
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.
The minister said he was monitoring the situation closely and that restoration of tracks was his top priority.
The Union railway ministry said in a release early this morning that 21 people were killed and 97 injured, 26 of them grievously, in the derailment yesterday.
Fourteen coaches of a high-speed Puri-Haridwar Kalinga Utkal Express in UP's Muzzafarnagar jumped the rails on Saturday evening claiming at least 21 lives and leaving over 97 injured.
Fourteen coaches of a high-speed Puri-Haridwar Kalinga Utkal Express jumped the rails on Saturday evening, claiming at least 21 lives and leaving a large number of passengers injured.
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.
Ram Prakash, who was travelling in the S7 coach, told ANI that after the accident passengers of the train started rescuing other injured passengers.
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.