Kanpur: At least 13 people were injured on Saturday after 12 coaches of the Poorva Express derailed near Rooma Railway station which falls under Marajpur Police Station, Kanpur, according to railway officials. The accident occurred when the train (12303) was on its way from Howrah to New Delhi.
No casualty has been reported till now.
The accident took place at 12.52 a.m. in Rooma, 15 km from Kanpur.
The 12 coaches comprised 10 passenger coaches (S8, S9, B1-B5, A1, A2, Seating cum luggage rake), one pantry and the power car, according to the officials.
The train was running at a speed of 100 km per hour. The train was supposed to reach Kanpur Central railway station by 12:05 am, but it was running late and around 12.52 am the incident happened. The cause of the derailment is yet to be ascertained.
A team of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has reached the spot for rescue operations.
Railway Ministry spokesperson Smita Vats Sharma in Delhi said: “No casualties, no serious injuries. All the passengers have been evacuated. An Accident Relief Train (ART) and Accident Relief Medical Equipment (ARME) were dispatched to the accident site. The main route has been impacted due to the derailment.”
The passengers of the Poorva Express were brought to Kanpur by several buses.
From Kanpur, the relief train with 900 passengers onboard has left for Delhi.
At least 12 trains were cancelled and five others diverted via Deen Dayal Upadhyay-Lucknow-Kanpur route, railway officials said.
Restoration work of the track would be completed by 4 p.m., the officials added.
The railways have issued following helpline numbers: 1072, 9454403738, 9454401463, 9454401075, 9454400384 and 0512-23333111/112/113, Kanpur 0572-1072 and 0532-1072 for Allahabad.
With inputs from IANS