At least 142 people were killed and over 100 injured before dawn on Sunday when 14 coaches of the Patna-Indore Express train derailed near Pukhrayan in Kanpur Dehat district, TV reports said.
Inspector General of Police, Kanpur, Zaki Ahmad said 120 people were killed in the accident and over 40 of the injuredwere admitted to different hospitals in Kanpur. All others have been given first aid and discharged.
He added at least 60 of the bodies were identified with most of the victims hailing from Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh.
“While some of the villagers rescued passengers from the derailed and damaged coaches, others snatched valuables from the injured,” said Shyamlal Singh, who was on board the Indore-Patna Express, according to HT report
The incident took place around 3 am near Pukhrayan, about 100 km from Kanpur. “90 people have died in Indore-Patna Express derailment,” said Prabhakar Chowdhury, SP, Kanpur Dehat, earlier on Sunday.
Over 250 police officials had been helping to carry out rescue and relief operations.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed anguish over the loss of lives and the injured. “Anguished beyond words on the loss of lives due to the derailing of the Patna-Indore Express. My thoughts are with the bereaved families,” Modi said in a tweet.
PM Modi said Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu is personally monitoring the situation.
“Prayers with those injured in the tragic train accident. I’ve spoken to @sureshpprabhu, who is personally monitoring the situation closely,” Modi said.
Union Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu has ordered a probe into the incident. “An inquiry has been ordered into the accident and that strict action will be taken against all those responsible,” Prabhu tweeted.
“Senior officers ordered to go to the spot immediately, they are on their way to the accident site. Local MPs, MLAs other functionaries have also rushed to the spot. MoS going. Rail,Dist,state, NDRF teams are geared up to deal with the accident & offer all kind of help. We r doing our best, to deal with sad accident,” he said.
The Union Minister further said ex gratia would be announced for the unfortunate passengers who lost their lives and also to those who were injured. “All rescue relief work on to deal with unfortunate accident. All medical and other help rushed. Inquiry ordered. Situation monitored closely,” Prabhu said in a tweet.