Published On: Thu, Mar 30th, 2017

Mahakaushal Express derails in Uttar Pradesh’s Mahoba, 40 injured

Jhansi: Over 40 passengers were injured, 10 of them seriously when eight coaches of the Mahakaushal Express derailed on Thursday morning in Mahoba district of Uttar Pradesh, officials said.

The coaches that derailed included four air-conditioned coaches, one sleeper, two general and one SLR

The incident occurred around 2 am. when the express train that runs between Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh and Hazrat Nizamuddin in New Delhi derailed between Laadpur and Supa near Kulpahar station, a railway official said.

The injured included many women and children. The condition of at least 10 of them is said to be critical and have been admitted to a private hospital in Mahoba.

The coaches that derailed included four air-conditioned coaches, one sleeper, two general and one SLR (Seating cum Luggage Rake) coach.

Following the accident General Manager of North Central Railways and other senior railway officials rushed to the spot.

Chief Minister Adityanath Yogi also rushed Health Minister Siddharth Nath Singh to the accident site to oversee rescue and relief operations.

The train with the remaining coaches and passengers left from the accident site at 6.45 am, he said.

A few trains between Allahabad and Jhansi were diverted after the accident.

It may be recalled that earlier in 2017, 41 passengers died and over 60 were injured after nine coaches of the Hirakhand Express derailed in Andhra Pradesh’s Vizianagaram district.

In yet another rail accident in November 2016, at least 150 people died and over 300 were injured after 14 coaches of the Patna-Indore Express derailed near Kanpur on November 20.

Meanwhile, an inquiry has been ordered by the North Central Railways’ into the mishap.

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