HAPUR: IN WHAT could have been a major accident, eight coaches of the Old Delhi-Faizabad Express derailed late on Sunday near Hapur in Uttar Pradesh. Railway officials said 12 passengers were injured while police put the number at 40-50. No death has been reported so far.
The derailment took place between Garhmukteshwar and Kakakher stations, when the train guard reported the derailment around 9.05 pm. The derailed coaches of the train remained dangerously tilted on one side as passengers scrambled to get off the train.
The train was running at 80 km per hour when it derailed, officials said.
The officials said four air-conditioned coaches, two sleeper coaches, one general compartment and a seating-cum-luggage rake coach derailed.
Northern Railway sent out an Accident Relief Train, which reached the spot from Moradabad and carried out the rescue and relief work. Senior officials reached the accident site late at night.
Deputy Superintendent of Police, Garhmukteshwar, Satish Chandra Pandey said, “Around 40-50 passengers received minor injuries. No one was grievously injured. Ambulances were rushed to the spot and medical treatment was provided immediately. Many people have been provided with transport to go back home. The situation is under control.”
Sub Divisional Magistrate, Garhmukteshwar, Shamshad Hussain said, “The incident took place around 9 pm. First aid was provided on the spot. No passenger was seriously injured.”