23 dead, 150 injured as train derails in Uttar Pradesh

Posted August 21, 2017

Initial reports said at least six coaches derailed from the railway track in Muzaffarnagar, around 100 km from New Delhi, India's national capital.

A police official earlier said 20 people had been injured but did not mention any people killed. Heavyweight cranes and gas cutters were being used and locals were seen helping out those engaged in rescue work Muzaffarnagar authorities have set up a control room to assist families of those affected.

Posses of PAC, ATS and NDRF teams, as also sniffer dog squads, were rushed to the spot to carry out rescue operations. The Kalinga Utkal Express derailed on Saturday evening near Khatauli. Since darkness was impeding rescue operations, he said the power department officials had been directed to ensure that there was no shortage of electricity.

Spokesman for Indian Railways Anil Saxena said the injured had been taken to nearby hospitals.

A team of the ATS of the state police has been rushed to the accident site, an official told IANS. Train movement on Ambala- Meerut- Saharanpur rail route has been stopped.

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According to local police, injuries of varying severity've got about 80 people.

He said he was personally monitoring the situation and a probe has been ordered. "Have instructed senior officers to reach the site immediately and ensure speedy rescue and relief operations", Prabhu added.

India's state railways, built during British colonial rule, have an appalling safety record after decades of low investment and have prioritized keeping fares low for the 23 million passengers who use the network every day.

In January this year 39 people were killed and over 50 injured in train derailment in southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.