At least six coaches of the Haridwar-bound 18477 Utkal Express derailed on Saturday at Khatauli railway station, 25 km from Muzaffarnagar in western Uttar Pradesh. Reportedly, 20 persons have died while 34 others were injured and were rushed to hospitals.
Uttar Pradesh ADG law and order, Anand Kumar said preliminary reports say that a few bogies have crashed into the nearby houses. The accident occurred at 5.45 pm. On guessing the cause of the accident, the ADG said saving lives was his priority now. “The local police has already reached the spot and started the rescue work,” said the ADG.
He said the main concern is to rescue the passengers and provide them medical care. “The main concern is to make ambulances and lighting arrangements at the accident site so that the rescue operation can continue,” said Anand Kumar.
Railway minister, Suresh Prabhu said, “Have instructed Chairman Rly Board, Member Traffic to oversee rescue and relief operations. I am personally monitoring situation.”