Nine coaches of the Kaifiyat Express derailed near Auraiya in Uttar Pradesh in the early hours today. 50 people are reported to be injured.
Officials have rushed to the spot to provide rescue and relief operations to the passengers. The injured were rushed to a hospital, said M C Chauhan, General Manager of North Central Railways (NCR).
One bogie of the train overturned due to impact of collision and some compartments jumped the rails between Acchalda and Pata railway stations after crossing Kanpur, Superintendent of Police Auraiya Sanjeev Tyagi said.
The accident occurred around 2.40am when the train collided with a dumper. Railways minister Suresh Prabhu tweeted about the mishap, saying that he is personally monitoring the situation.
Some passengers have received Injuries and have been shifted to nearby hospitals.I am personally monitoring situation,rescue operations 2/
— Suresh Prabhu (@sureshpprabhu) August 23, 2017
At least 21 passengers were injured and have been rushed to the hospital, a spokesperson of NCR said.
Earlier, M C Chauhan, General Manager of NCR has said that at least 50 people were injured in the accident.
Kaifiyat Express travels between Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh and Delhi and the collision has impacted the train operations on the Delhi-Howrah route.
Five trains including Howrah-New Delhi Rajdhani have been diverted and seven trains including Kanpur-New Delhi Shatabdi express have been cancelled. Since both UP and DOWN lines are blocked, around 40 local trains were also being diverted.