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Published On: Sun, Nov 20th, 2016

Indore-Patna Express derailment : Death toll crosses 100; Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu orders enquiry

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Resque works is in full swing after Patna Endore exxpress derail at pukhrayan village near kanpur on sunday.Express photo by Vishal Srivastav 20.11.2016

Resque works is in full swing after Patna Endore exxpress derail at pukhrayan village near kanpur on sunday.Express photo by Vishal Srivastav 20.11.2016

Resque works is in full swing after Patna Endore exxpress derail at pukhrayan village near kanpur on sunday.Express photo by Vishal Srivastav 20.11.2016

Resque works is in full swing after Patna Endore exxpress derail at pukhrayan village near kanpur on sunday.Express photo by Vishal Srivastav 20.11.2016

LUCKNOW/ NEW DELHI  : More than 100 people were killed in their sleep and nearly 200 injured after the Indore-Patna Express train jumped the tracks near Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh on Sunday morning, wrecking most of the coaches.

Fourteen coaches of the train travelling with more than 500 passengers rolled off track a little after 3 am in Pukhraya, 100 km from Kanpur, when most passengers were sleeping. TV visuals showed the coaches smashed up against each other and rescue workers trying to cut through crumpled metal to pull out trapped passengers.548369-traintwo700

Witnesses were jolted awake when they heard a bang and were thrown around. “We heard a deafening noise…I am lucky to be alive and safe,” a passenger said.

More bodies were pulled out from the two coaches that fell on the side, said Daljeet Singh Choudhary, a senior police officer. Hours after the crash, a team of army personnel, doctors joined some 250 rescue workers. Many survivors were moved to a nearby town so they could leave by trains or buses.

It is feared that the number of deaths will rise because rescuers have not been able to access one of the coaches.Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he was “anguished beyond words” and added that he had spoken to Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu who was monitoring the situation closely.

Railways have videographed the entire Kanpur-Jhansi track to ascertain the reasons for the derailment of the Indore-Patna Express. General Manager of North-Central Railway Arun Saxena told reporters that investigation will be conducted by the Commissioner of Railway Safety.

Asked if someone could have tampered with the tracks, he said the Commissioner of Railway Safety, would be able to provide an answer to it.”Anyone with further evidence or statements can approach the Commissioner to record his statement,” he said, as per News Agency .
“We did videography of the whole track for scrutiny,” he added. In tweets, Suresh Prabhu said he had ordered an inquiry and “strictest possible action will be taken against those who could be responsible.”Top railway officials said a fault in the tracks may have caused the accident, which, they said, was the worst they had seen in a long time.
Indian Railways is the world’s fourth largest network, ferrying more than 20 million each day. Another train accident in Uttar Pradesh in March last year left 39 dead and injured 150.

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