35 killed, 200 injured as Howrah-Kalka Mail derails near Fatehpur

35 killed, 200 injured as Howrah-Kalka Mail derails near Fatehpur

Fatehpur: At least 35 people were killed and over 200 injured when 15 bogies of a speeding Delhi-bound Kalka Mail derailed near Fatehpur on Sunday in the worst train accident this year.

The derailment took place at 12.20 PM when the packed train from Howrah reached near Malwa station, nearly 120 kms from Lucknow.

“15 bogies of the train derailed out of which 10 are in bad shape. The exact cause of the derailment is being ascertained. The Commissioner of Railway Safety has been directed to probe the incident," general manager, North Central Railway H C Joshi said.

He said the train was speeding at about 108 kmph when the accident occurred.

“It was almost moving at the speed of 108 kmph which is full speed," Joshi said.

Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Fatehpur, KN Joshi said 35 of the passengers had died. “About 200 injured are undergoing treatment here."

“Rescue workers have not been able to enter two of the bogies,"

Superintendent of Police, Fatehpur, Ram Bharose said, the dead included women and children.

While some of the bogies had toppled, others were turned into mangled heap of metal. The crowded general compartment behind the engine was the worst hit. Gas cutters and other equipment were used to cut through the metal in the AC and other coaches to rescue the trapped passengers.

“A number of passengers are still inside the bogies and attempts are on to take them out," officials said several hours after the accident.