Kanpur: A dozen coaches of Howrah-New Delhi Poorva Express derailed in Kanpur district of Uttar Pradesh on Saturday.
Twenty five people sustained minor injuries, while one person was grievously hurt in the mishap.
The train was going to New Delhi when the incident occurred near Rooma railway station — about 20 kilometres from Kanpur — in Kanpur Nagar district around 12.50 am.
Four out of the 12 derailed Linke Hofmann Busch (LHB) coaches have overturned, North Central Railway public relations officer Amit Malviya said.
After the derailment, North Central Railway has cancelled 11 trains, diverted 8 trains to another route and shortly terminated 2 others, while East Central Railway has, so far, diverted 24 trains.
Chief Passenger Transportation Manager (CPTM) of North Central Railway (NCR) said trains scheduled to run beyond Allahabad (ALD) and in between Allahabad and Kanpur Central had been diverted via Deen Dayal Upadhyay (DDU)-Lucknow (LKO) – Kanpur Central (CNB)/ Moradabad (MB) till further advice.
A team of Accident Relief Train (ART) and Accident Relief Medical Equipment (ARME) were rushed to the spot. The rescue operations are underway.
“Restoration of Up line (Howrah to Delhi) will take time, and may be restored in the evening at around 16:00,” said Chief Public Relation Officer (CPRO) of NCR.
The following telephone numbers released by the Railways can be reached for information on the injured people.
Helpline Numbers at Patna Junction:
BSNL- 06122202290, 06122202291, 06122202292
Helpline number at Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Junction:
Railway number- 027-73678 and BSNL number- 05412 -253232.
(With agency inputs)