Rajya Rani Express derails near Rampur in UP, twelve injured
New Delhi: Eight coaches of the Rajya Rani Express derailed near Rampur in Uttar Pradesh on Saturday morning, injuring at least twelve passengers.
According to a senior railway official, the Lucknow bound train from Meerut derailed at around 8.15 am between Mundapandey and Rampur near a bridge over the river Kosi.
Immediately after derailment, the two injured persons were rushed to a nearby hospital, said the railway official.
Owing to this derailment, at least 25 trains were affected in the Meerut-Bareilly section, said the official.
Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu ordered an inquiry into the incident, saying “strict action will be taken against any lapse”.
“Personally monitoring the situation. Directed senior officers to rush to the spot. Ensure speedy relief and rescue operations,” Prabhu tweeted.
In January this year, 32 persons died and over 50 injured when Hirakhand Express derailed near Vizianagaram in Andhra Pradesh and 13 passengers were injured in March when eight coaches of the Mahakaushal express derailed in Uttar Pradesh’s Mahoba district.
Earlier, at least 149 passengers died and over 300 injured when 14 coaches of the Patna-Indore Express derailed near Kanpur on November 20 last year.
Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has announced financial assistance of Rs 50,000 each to those seriously injured and Rs 25,000 each to those suffering minor injuries in the rail accident in Rampur on Saturday.
Terming the derailment as saddening he has directed officials to ensure prompt and adequate treatment for those injured in the accident.
The Chief Minister has also asked Minister of State for Irrigation Baldev Singh Aulakh to reach the accident site and oversee rescue and relief operations.
More than three dozen people were injured in the accident involving the Rajya Rani Express train in which eight coaches derailed.