Eight coaches of the Punjab Mail going from Mumbai to Ferozpur derailed in Sampla area of Haryana's Rohtak district early on Sunday. At least 19 persons were injured in the incident, but no casualties were reported.
According to Alok Mittal, IGP, Rohtak Range, the incident took place around 3:30 am and eight coaches of the train were derailed.
"Someone onboard the train had made a call to police control room. We promptly reached the spot and helped railway officials in rescue operation," PTI quoted Mittal as saying.
Railway authorities and police officials rushed to the spot and began rescue operations. They took nearly two hours to clear the track. The injured passengers were admitted to the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences (PGIMS) at Rohtak, 70 km from New Delhi. The officials said that around 300 metre of railway track was damaged.
According to reports, the train reached New Delhi shortly after 8 am and left after nearly half an hour to reach the destination. More bogies were attached to the train to compensate for those coaches that got derailed.
"The Railway Minister himself spoke to the locomotive driver as well as hospital authorities in the morning. He also spoke to the Divisional Railway Manager. The Railways will bear the cost of treatment," Indian Railways spokesperson Anil Saxena said.
The police began a probe to find out what caused the derailment.