At least 30 passengers are feared dead and over 150 injured as the engine and two coaches of an express train derailed at Bachrawana in Rae Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh district on Friday.
Divisional Commissioner Mahesh Gupta said the death toll in the Dehradun-Varanasi Janata Express accident has increased from 22 to 30, DNA reported.
The injured passengers were rushed to the district hospital and those who have suffered serious injuries will be sent to King George Medical University and Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences in Lucknow, PTI reported.
Rescue teams from Lucknow and Rae Bareli were rushed to the accident site for relief and evacuation, while cranes have been deployed at the site to lift the bogies. Along with rescue teams, 24 medical teams, including doctors and paramedical staff were rushed to the spot to provide medical aids to hurt passengers, Lucknow's Chief Medical Officer Dr. SNS Yadav said.
"More than 150 beds have been reserved in Lucknow and the medical teams are ready to treat those injured in the accident," he said.
The accident occurred at around 9.30 am near Bachhrawan Railway station, about 50 km from state capital, Lucknow. There is a possibility that the number of casualties may rise following the rescue operation.
"There could be more casualties in the mishap," Gupta told PTI. Soon after the accident, the villagers rushed to the spot and helped the passengers trapped inside the coaches that were crushed due to collision.
The preliminary reports have suggested that the "locomotive driver apparently overshot the signal" resulting in the derailment of the engine and the two adjoining coaches, railways spokesperson Anil Saxena said in Delhi.
UP Government has announced a compensation of ₹2 lakh to the next of kin of the passengers who died and ₹50,000 for those who suatined injuries.
Engine & 2 bogies of Dehradun-Varanasi Janta Exp derails in Bachhrawan, brakes failed to deploy in time: Railways pic.twitter.com/WDVNprod9y
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The accident has disrupted the Lucknow-Varanasi section of the Northern Railways.
The Indian Railways has released helpline numbers for the nearby areas:
Rae Bareli 0535-2211224
Dehradun 0135-2624002, 2625003
Haridwar 0134-226477, 226479
Bareilly 0581-2558161, 2558162