Kanpur: The Sealdah-Ajmer Express got derailed at 5:20 this morning near Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh, claiming at least 2 lives and injuring 43, as the last report last came this morning. The number of casualties is apprehended to rise even further as eight passengers are said to be in very critical state. The senior police officer Zaki Ahmed confirmed that two of the passengers, who were brought out of the wrecked coaches, have died in a nearby hospital.
As per the initial report, morning fog is the culprit of the accident. Dense fog made the coaches of the 12987 Sealdah-Ajmer Express go off the track. The derailment of the train occurred when it was crossing over a dry canal, some 70 km away from Kanpur. There was a heavy jerk in the train and two coaches toppled off the bridge and fell into the bed of canal.
Though the cause of the accident is yet to be conclusive, but some passengers talking to mediapersons said that they woke up by a deafening bang. The noise was harsh, intense and soon they felt that their coach had tilted to one side. Sensing the situation some of the passengers jumped out and knew that a few coaches were derailed.
The reporters were briefed by Anil Saxena about the accident at length. They were informed that a medical relief has been sent to the accident site from Kanpur. Mr Saxena said,” Our focus now is to save lives and speed up relief and rescue operations”.
Javed Ahmad, a high-rank police officer in Uttar Pradesh said that almost all the passengers have been brought out of the derailed coaches and the situation is in control now. Soon after the accident took place, lots of people from neighbouring areas gather at the site of the accident. They all got engaged in extending help to the victims.
“Immediate medical help being provided to the injured. Mobilized resources,directed all concerned to ensure rescue and relief,” tweeted Railway Minsiter Suresh Prabhu. The minister further added that he was personally monitoring the rescue and relief operations and there is no reason to be panic.
Though the immediate cause of the derailment seems to be dense morning fog, but the Railaway Minister Mr Suresh Prabhu has said that a comprehensive and conclusive investigation will be carried to ascertain the cause. “If it is a man-made mistake, the erring officials will be prosecuted, he further added”.
It is important to note that not much time has passed since Sordid Saga of Railway took place. On November 20, more than 150 passengers lost their lives in their sleep and more than 200 injured after the Indore-Patna Express train went off the track near Kanpur.
Derailed Sealdah-Ajmer Express Helpline Numbers
Kanpur– 0512-2323015, 2323016, 2323018
Allahabad-0532-2408149, 2408128, 2407353
Tundla-05612-220337, 220338, 220339
Aligarh– 0517-2404056, 2404055