In the worst rail accident in recent years, over 140 passengers were killed and over 100 injured, when 14 coaches of the Indore-Patna Express derailed near Pukhrayan in Kanpur rural district early on Sunday due to suspected rail fracture.
The accident took place near Pukharayan (Kanpur) at 3:00 am on Sunday.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed grief over the tragic incident and said that he is anguished beyond words on loss of lives due to derailment of Patna-Indore express.
Describing the accident as “unfortunate”, Modi asked railway officials to ensure fool-proof system in train operation to achieve zero-accident target.
Here are the live updates:
#Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu met family members of the passengers died and appealed media persons to assist in rescue operation.
#Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu reaches the accident spot where Patna-Indore express train derailed.
#Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu personally monitoring all relief actions. Has expressed deepest condolences on this tragic incident.
#Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan announced Rs 2 lakh assistance to the kin of each the deceased and Rs 50,000 for the injured.
#Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu visit train accident spot in Kanpur Dehat to monitor rescue operations.
#112 passengers killed in Indore-Patna Express derailment: ADG, Law and Order, Daljeet Chowdhury.
Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Sunday called up Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu and took stock of the relief and rescue operation at the derailment site of the Indore-Patna Express at Kanpur.
Commissioner, Railway Safety, will inquire into reasons behind derailment of Indore-Patna Express: Suresh Prabhu.
Our priority is to provide as much assistance as possible to the affected people: Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that the priority is to provide as much assistance as possible to the people affected in Indore-Patna Express derailment.
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan visited hospitals in Kanpur city and announced financial assistance to the kin of the deceased and those injured in the derailment of Indore-Patna Express.