VIDEO : Puri Haridwar Kalinga Utkal Express derails near Kathauli station of UP , 23 people dead and 400 injured

 

 

NFTV : Bureau : Fourteen coaches of Puri-Haridwar-Kalinga Utkal Express have been derailed near Kathauli station of Mujaffarnagar here today, at least 23 people are killed in this accident and more than 400 are injured  .  

The incident took place around 5: 45  pm in the evening. the train was on its way to Haridwar. Several injured passengers have been rushed to a nearby hospital taken by locals .

The train bearing the number of 18477 had left Puri on 17 August night and was scheduled to reach Haridwar at 9 pm tonight, according  to the East Coast Railway (ECoR)

A team of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has been mobilised for the rescue operation at Muzaffarnagar’s Khatauli railway station, where fourteen coaches of the Puri-Haridwar-Kalinga Utkal Express have been derailed.

A team of Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS) of Uttar Pradesh has been sent to the accident site to ascertain if there is a terror link to the derailment. 

Following the derailment of at least six coaches of the Puri-Haridwar-Kalinga Utkal Express in Muzaffarnagar on Saturday, Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has assured that he is personally monitoring the situation and has ordered enquiry on the same.

Prabhu took to Twitter to share information on the same and posted, “Have ordered inquiry into the unfortunate accident to ascertain the cause. Strict action will be taken against any lapse”

The Meerut district hospital and LLRM Medical College have opened the following helpline numbers following the accident: 94544 55183, 9410609434, and 0121-2604977. 

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen expressed concern over the tragic incident and directed the commerce and transport department to work in coordination with the Railways for smooth rescue operation.

PMO twiiter handle also shown concern about the Utkal Express derailment

 

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