Ajmer-Sealdah express derails near Kanpur, more than 50 injured1 min read . Updated: 29 Dec 2016, 05:54 AM IST
Railway minister Suresh Prabhu say he is personally monitoring the situation and all assistance is being provided to those injured
New Delhi: Two people were killed and more than 40 injured when 13 coaches of the Sealdah-Ajmer train derailed near Rura railway station in Kanpur Dehat district at 5:15 am on Wednesday. Medical assistance and rescue teams were rushed to the spot.
The Indian Railways said the accident was “not a major one."
Of the injured, 24 people were rushed to the local district hospital.
While the cause of the accident has not yet been ascertained, local police officials suggested that heavy fog was being considered as a possible cause.
“The train – number 12988 – was crossing a bridge over a dried canal, in the area. It is not yet known what speed it was at. Usually a train slows down over a bridge but it is difficult to say if that was the cause or not. It was also very foggy here this morning. But it is for rail authorities to probe into this," said a local police official, on condition of anonymity.
Union railway minister Suresh Prabhu said railway authorities were keeping a close watch on the situation and administering all possible help.
“We are personally monitoring the situation in the wake of the unfortunate derailment of Sealdah-Ajmer express near Kanpur. I have directed senior officials to reach the site immediately. Immediate medical help is being provided to the injured," Prabhu said on Twitter.
He said the railways had mobilized resources and directed all parties concerned to ensure rescue and relief, announcing an ex-gratia payment to those injured.
“Thorough investigation will be carried out to ascertain the cause. An ex gratia will be paid to the injured. All passengers are being provided with necessary assistance to ensure least inconvenience. We are doing our best," Prabhu added.
The accident caused disruption on the route, with several other trains being diverted. The Delhi-Howrah route via Kanpur was also closed and the Delhi-Kanpur Shatabdi express train was also cancelled.