New Delhi: At least twenty people have been injured after twelve coaches of the Howrah-New Delhi Poorva Express derailed near Kanpur city of Uttar Pradesh early on Saturday. The incident took place near Rooma railway station in Kanpur Nagar district at around 12.54 am. The train was coming from Prayagraj and was heading to national capital.
As soon as the information was received, rescue operations started and the injured were rushed to hospital. The district magistrate, senior superintendent of police and additional director general have reached the spot and are supervising relief and rescue operations. Indian Railways has issued helpline numbers at Howrah- (033) 26402241, 26402242, 26402243, 26413660.
Of the total 12 derailed Linke Hofmann Busch (LHB) coaches, four had overturned, officials told news agency PTI.
“No casualties were reported and seven-eight people are injured. All passengers are being given relief, assistance, help and medical aid”, North Central Railway public relations officer Amit Malviya said.
An ‘accident relief train’ and medical teams from Allahabad and Kanpur departed for the site, the officials added.
The coaches that derailed are: S8, S9, B1-B5, H1, A1, A2 and pantry car.
The incident comes days after four people were injured as 13 coaches of Tapti-Ganga express train derailed near Gautam Asthan, Chhapra in Bihar. In February, at least six people died and 36 were injured after a Delhi-bound train derailed in Bihar’s Vaishali district. 11 coaches of Seemanchal Express came off the tracks near Sahadai Buzurg station.