As many as 45 people aboard a Patna-Indore Express died after 14 coaches of the train derailed near Pukhrayan in Kanpur on Sunday. The incident took place at 3 am nearly 100 km from Kanpur.
Bodies of 30 people have been recovered so far from the accident spot, said Inspector-General Kanpur, Zaki Ahmed. The death toll is likely to increase even as rescue operations are being carried on.
Doctors and senior railway officials have arrived at the location, said Northern Central Railways spokesperson Vijay Kumar. District administration officials also reached the spot for rescue and relief operations. He further added that four AC coaches have been severely damaged.
Many of the passengers are critically injured. Casualties are expected from the coach S2 as it was severely damaged.
The cause of the derailment was not known immediately.
Other passengers have been provided with buses to complete the rest of the journey.
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DIG (Kanpur range) Rajesh Modak also confirmed that many people are feared dead.
The chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, Akhilesh Yadav, has directed the DGP to monitor the relief operations personally.
"Senior officials and medical team have been rushed to the spot; we are in contact with district officials", said A Saxena, Indian Railways spokesperson.
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Coaches which derailed are Seating cum Luggage Rake,GS,GS,A1,B1/2/3,BE,S1/2/3/4/5/6, said Indian Railways.
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The derailment has affected some trains. Here is the list of cancelled/diverted trains:
Patna-Indore exp train derailed: Jhansi-Lucknow Intercity,Jhansi-Kanpur passenger train cancelled;train no 12542,12522,12541,12534 diverted.— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) November 20, 2016