November 24, 2017
Thirteen coaches of Vasco da Gama-Patna Express derail near Manikpur in Uttar Pradesh, killing three and injuring over 12 people.
Posted by Pranav Dixit
Thirteen coaches of Vasco Da Gama-Patna Express 12741 derailed near Manikpur in Uttar Pradesh today early morning at 4:18 am. At least three people have been killed and 12 injured in the mishap so far.
The Patna-bound train was coming from Goa’s Vasco Da Gama. The fifth and sixth bogey of the train (sleeper class) from the engine side are reported to be the most affected.
All the injured have been rushed to Chitrakoot District Hospital.
Uttar Pradesh Additional Director General (law and order) said, “Prima facie the cause of accident looks like fractured railway track as per local assessment.”
RAILWAY MINISTER CONDOLES LOSS OF LIVES
Assuring all possible help to the affected passengers and their kin, Public Relations Officer (Indian Railways) Anil Saxena said, “We have accommodated the passengers in other coaches and they are being taken to the Allahabad sub-station. The ministry is closely monitoring the situation.”
He added that Railway Minister Piyush Goyal has expressed his condolences and has ordered timely and effective medical dispensation to all.
“People have also been given some refreshments”, added PRO Anil Saxena.
UP CM ADITYANATH EXPRESSES GRIEF
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has expressed grief over the death of passengers in the Chitrakoot train derailment.
He conveyed his sympathies to the families of the victims and wished speedy recovery to those injured.
Compensation of Rs 5 lakh has been announced for the kin of the dead, grievously injured are entitled to Rs 1 lakh whereas other injured passengers will get Rs 50,000 each.
The Commission of Railway Safety has been ordered to inquire the Manikpur derailment and the Chairman Ashwani Lohani is on his way to the accident site.
As per railway ministry reports, rail traffic between Manikpur and Mughalsarai will be restored soon.