Three persons got killed and at least seven injured after 13 coaches of the Vasco Da Gama-Patna Express derailed in Uttar Pradesh on Friday. The coaches of the train, which was travelling from Goa to Patna, derailed at around 4.18 am, as per reports.
According to ANI, the train derailed near Banda railway station in Uttar Pradesh, but the Press Trust of India reported that the accident happened near Manikpur railway station.
North Central Railway PRO Amit Malviya said the coaches "which jumped off the rails were coaches numbered S3-S11, two general coaches and two extra coaches."
"The injured have been rushed to the hospital and officials have left for the spot. Relief operations are underway," he stated. A medical train reached the accident spot at around 5.20 am and the casualties were immediately taken to the hospital for treatment, Malviya added.
10.30 am: According to reports, Piyush Goyal directed Ashwani Lohani, Chairman of the Indian Railways, to rush to the accident site. He also ordered an enquiry by the commissioner of railway safety.
#VascoDaGama-Patna Express derailment Helpline numbers- Railway: 05322226276, #Chitrakoot police control room: 05198236800, Jabalpur: 0761-2677746, Katni: 07622-297468, Satna: 07672-228510, #Patna: 0612-2206967, Mughalsarai: 05412-254148 pic.twitter.com/nyswbHfmy0— Doordarshan News (@DDNewsLive) November 24, 2017
9.27 am: Railway Minister Piyush Goyal announces ex-gratia compensation of Rs 5 lakh each to the family of the three people died, while Rs 1 lakh for those who suffered injuries.
Vasco De Gama Patna express train accident: Ministry of Railways announces Rs 5 lakhs for kin of those dead, 1 lakh for grievously injured and 50,000 for those injured— ANI (@ANI) November 24, 2017
9.15 am: Amit Malviya told IANS that a train with the remaining passenger has left for Patna
8.50 am: "We have the confirmation of three deaths in this unfortunate accident and there are reports of injuries as well. We have admitted the injured persons in Manikpur and Chitrakoot hospitals. Honourable Minister of Railway who is keeping a track of the situation has expressed grief over the loss of innocent lives and termed the incident very tragic and unfortunate," Anil Saxena, PRO Indian Railways told News18.
He had earlier said, "We have setup helpline numbers, rescue and relief operations are underway."
8.47 am: Chitrakoot SP Pratap Gopendra Singh confirmed the casualties and said a father-son duo from Bettiah district, Bihar, died on the spot, while the third person passed away at a hospital.
8.45 am: "Prima facie the cause of accident looks like fractured Railway track as per local assessment," UP ADG (law and order) said.