Sealdah-Ajmer express derails near Kanpur, 43 harmed,


At least 43 people were injured when 15 coaches of the Sealdah-Ajmer express train derailed near Rura railway station in Kanpur dehat district on Wednesday morning.

The mishap took place about 5:20am near Rura railway station, 50km from Kanpur, the ministry of railways said in a tweet.

Fifteen coaches of the train, 12987 Sealdah-Ajmer express, derailed when it was crossing a bridge over a dry canal in the area, a railway official said.

“A rescue team has rushed to the spot and a medical relief train from Kanpur has also been sent to the accident site. Currently we are focusing on relief and rescue operations,” railway spokesperson Anil Saxena said.

“As per preliminary reports, 15 coaches of the train got derailed. The first 5 and last 3 coaches were intact,” Anil Saxena said.

Asked about the reason of the derailment, he said, “there was dense fog in the morning”.

Earlier, there were reports that two people have died in the accident, but UP DGP’s office clarified that a medical examination has found them alive and they are undergoing treatment in a hospital.

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