Coaches of the Puri-Haridwar Utkal Express train after it derailed in Khatauli near Muzaffarnagar on Saturday.(PTI Photo)
Coaches of the Puri-Haridwar Utkal Express train after it derailed in Khatauli near Muzaffarnagar on Saturday.(PTI Photo)

Utkal Express derailment: Some of the deadliest train accidents in India this decade

Six coaches of the Utkal Express travelling from Puri to Haridwar derailed in UP’s Muzaffarnagar district on Saturday evening.
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 19, 2017 10:19 PM IST

Six coaches of Haridwar-bound Utkal Express derailed at Khatauli area of Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh on Saturday, killing at least 5.

Rescue work is underway and teams of the National Disaster Response Force have been sent to the accident site.

This is not the first time the colonial-era public carrier has seen an accident because of poor infrastructure and inadequate maintenance. The public transporter that carries more than 23 million passengers daily has seen a spate of attacks in the last five years. Here are the deadliest:

January 22, 2017: At least 32 people were killed and over 50 injured after seven coaches and the engine of Jagdalpur-Bhubaneswar Express derailed in Vizianagaram district of Andhra Pradesh.

Nov 20, 2016: As many as 142 people were killed and more than 200 injured when 14 coaches of the Indore-Patna Express train derailed in Kanpur Dehat district of Uttar Pradesh.

March 20, 2015: At least thirty-eight people died and more than 150 injured when the Dehradun-Varanasi Janata Express derailed near Bachhrawan in Uttar Pradesh

May 26, 2014: Twenty-two people lost their lives when the Gorakhdham Express came on the same track as a freight train and rammed into it near Khalilabad station in Sant Kabir Nagar district in Uttar Pradesh. Over 50 were injured.

May 4, 2014: At least 20 people were killed and about 100 injured when the Diva Junction-Sawantwadi passenger train derailed between Nagothane and Roha stations in Maharashtra’s Raigad district.

December 28, 2013: Twenty six people were killed in the Bangalore-Nanded Express train in Anantpur district of Andhra Pradesh after a fire broke out in an AC 3-tier coach. 54 passengers were expected to be on board in the B1 coach completely gutted in the fire.

June 30, 2012: Thirty-five passengers were burnt to death and at least 25 injured when a coach of the New Delhi-Chennai Tamil Nadu Express caught fire near Nellore in Andhra Pradesh.

May 28, 2010: 148 people died in the Gyaneshwari Express train disaster in May 2010.

A parliamentary standing committee report, presented in October 2016, said between 2003 to 2015, a total of239 accidents have happened on the network of the Indian Railways and 208 of these – or 80% of all accidents – have happened because of derailments.

Facing a severe financial crunch, the railways in past years have been unable to spare adequate funds for safety works. It moved a proposal earlier this year proposing the creation of a safety corpus of Rs 1,01,700 crore.

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