14 injured as Poorva Express derails near Kanpur

Kanpur train tragedy

The Hush Post| 9:40pm |two-minute-read|

Fourteen people were injured after 12 coaches of the Poorva Express derailed on Saturday morning near Rooma railway station in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh. Out of the twelve coaches that derailed, four of them overturned.

The incident took place at 12.54 am when the train coming from Prayag and on its way to New Delhi derailed. The train runs between Howrah and New Delhi. There have been no casualties so far.

The investigation of the accident has been handed over to the Commissioner Railways Safety (CRF). Commissioner of Railway Safety AK Jain (Mumbai) will investigate the matter.

Uttar Chief Chief Minister has taken cognisance of the train accident and has directed the district administration and the police to provide all possible medical help to the injured and provide assistance to the stranded passengers.

Out of the 14 injured, 11 people have been discharged and three are still under treatment.

A special train with 14 coaches will bring the remaining passengers by 11.30 am to the New Delhi Railway Station, informed the North Railway Chief Public Relations Officer (CPRO).

According to the CPRO North Central Railways, the down line (Delhi-Howrah) of the route has been cleared and the traffic will resume soon.

The CPRO added that the restoration of the up line (Howrah-Delhi) line will take time, and may be restored in the evening at around 4 pm.

“Restoration of Up line (Howrah to Delhi) line will take time. At the time of restoration of Up line, Down line will also be closed. Evidence is being collected for the investigation of the cause of the incident,” said DRM Allahabad Zone.

The train was running at a speed of 100 km per hour. The cause of the derailment is yet not known.

The rescue operations began as soon as the information was received. Around 10-15 ambulances reached the spot and evacuated the injured. They were rushed to hospitals for treatment.

A team of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), comprising of 45 persons, has reached the spot for rescue operations.

The coaches that derailed are:  B1, B2, B3, B4, B5, A1, A2, HA1, S8, S9, a pantry car and a power car.

The main route has been impacted due to derailment said ADG PR, Indian Railways.

The Indian Railways has issued helpline numbers at Howrah: (033) 26402241, 26402242, 26402243, 26413660.

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