Rae Bareli, At least seven people died and 27 were wounded after the engine and nine coaches of the New Delhi-bound New Farakka Express derailed early on Wednesday morning near Harchandpur in this district of Uttar Pradesh .
The train was en route from Malda town in West Bengal when the derailment took place at around 0605 hours, just around 15 km from Rae Bareli.Several trains on the Lucknow-Rae Bareli section of the Northern Railway were cancelled or diverted following the accident.
Additional Director-General of Police, Law and Order, Anand Kumar said that the death toll mounted to seven after National Disaster Relief Force extricated two more bodies from the mangled six sleeper and three general coaches.
Nine passengers, he said, sustained critical injuries and eight of them were rushed to the trauma center in Lucknow and one to the Sanjay Gandhi Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences, also in the UP capital.
Sanjeev Kumar, NDRF team commander, who led the rescue operation, told reporters that all the coaches had been searched and evacuation had been completed.
State Aviation Minister Nand Gopal Gupta Nandi, at the accident site, said that 60 buses had been arranged to ferry the stranded passengers of the derailed train to their destination. Mr Nandi said repair of the tracks had commenced after removal of the derailed coaches but it would take around 12 hours to restore normalcy.
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said Rs 2 lakh solatium would be disbursed to the next of the kin of the passengers killed in the derailment.He also announced a compensation of Rs 50,000 to the critically injured.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed grief at the loss of lives. “Anguished by the loss of lives due to a rail accident in Rae Bareli. Condolences to the bereaved families and I pray that the injured recover quickly,” he tweeted.
United Progressive Alliance chairperson Sonia Gandhi, who represents Rae Bareli in Parliament, may visit the accident spot and the injured.