Eight coaches of the 22454 Meerut-Lucknow Rajya Rani Express derailed today near Rampur in Uttar Pradesh. The incident took place at 8:15 am.
Only two people were injured in the incident, although initial reports said many more had suffered injuries.
The Accident Relief Train and Medical Relief Trains (ART & ARME) rushed to the site immediately. Pramod Kumar, the Divisional Railway Manager, and other senior officials reached the site to supervise the relief work. Buses were arranged for the onward journey of the stranded passengers.
The upline is clear, and train operation on this line has already begun. Efforts were under way to clear the down line.
Earlier in the day, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had announced Rs 50,000 ex-gratia for each of the seriously injured and Rs 25,000 ex-gratia for each of the injured.
The Railways, too, announced ex-gratia of Rs 50,000 for the injured, and this money has been disbursed.
Union Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu tweeted that he was personally monitoring the situation, and that he'd directed senior officers to rush to the spot. He added later that an enquiry had been ordered, and promised strict action in the case of "any lapse."
Uttar Pradesh ATS is carrying out a primary investigation at the spot.
Here are some useful helpline numbers.
Meerut City - 0121-2401215
New Delhi - 011-23341074, 23342954
Delhi - 011-23962389, 23967332
H. Nizamuddin - 011-24359748
Moradabad - 1072
Bareilly - 0581-2558161, 2558162
Lucknow - 09794830975, 05222-37677
SECOND TRAIN DERAILMENT IN A MONTH
This is the second train derailment in less than a month's time in Uttar Pradesh. On March 30, eight coaches of Mahakoshal Express derailed on the stretch between Kulpahar and Mahoba in Uttar Pradesh, leaving at least 25 people injured
Four AC coaches, one sleeper class coach, two general coaches and a luggage coach of the Mahakoshal Express, which runs between Jabalpur and New Delhi, derailed around 2.30 am.
The train derailed moments after it left from the Mohoba station.