In the wee hours of Thursday, eight coaches of Jabalpur- Nizamuddin Mahakaushal Express derailed near Mahoba station in Uttar Pradesh. According to initial reports, around thirty six passengers of the Delhi-bound train were injured in the incident which took place at 2:07 am, the Chief Public Relations Officer, North Central Railway said.
The official said an accident relief train has also been rushed to the site and the injured have been given first-aid. Around eight coaches from the rear side of the train derailed between Mahoba and Kulpahar stations, the CPRO said.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has also directed state Health Minister SiddharthNath Singh to visit Mahakaushal express derailment site and oversee rescue and relief operations.
Uttar Pradesh: NDRF team at the Mahakaushal express derailment site in Mahoba conduct rescue operations pic.twitter.com/lW2982zApz— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) March 30, 2017
Senior officials, including the general manager of North Central Railway M C Chauhan, have rushed to site and rescue operations are on. The cause of the derailment is yet to be ascertained.
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Railway officials have operationalised helplines at Jhansi, Gwalior, Banda and Nizamuddin stations to disseminate information to relatives of the passengers.