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Vasco Da Gama-Patna Express derails in UP highlights: 3 dead, fracture in railway tracks may have caused accident

The Patna-bound Vasco da Gama express derailed at 4:18am near Manikpur railway station in Chitrakoot district of Uttar Pradesh. Here are the highlights.

india Updated: Nov 24, 2017 14:05 IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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A derailed coach of the Vasco da Gama-Patna Express near Manikpur railway station in Uttar Pradesh on Friday. (ANI)

At least three people were killed and several injured after 13 coaches of the Vasco Da Gama-Patna express derailed near Manikpur railway station in Uttar Pradesh on Friday morning. Railway minister Piyush Goyal announced ex-gratia compensation and ordered an inquiry ordered into the train derailment.

General manager, NCR, MC Chauhan, said prima facie rail fracture seems to have caused the accident.

The accident occurs less than 12 hours after a bolero had collided with a passenger train near Lucknow killing four and injuring two.

On Friday, a goods train carrying coal from Paradip port in Odisha derails on the Paradip-Cuttack section of East Coast Railway zone. In Uttar Pradesh, an engine of Jammu-Patna Archana Express separated from the train near Saharanpur, officials said.

Here are the highlights:

12.59pm: Chauhan says prima facie rail fracture seems to have caused the accident. “The Commissioner Railway Safety has been assigned the task of enquiry post which actual reason of accident would be revealed,” he says.

12.58pm: General manager, NCR, MC Chauhan inspects the accident site along with Railway Board chairman Ashwani Lohani.

12.13pm: The Uttar Pradesh chief minister has announced compensation of Rs 2 lakh to the family members of those killed, Rs 50,000 for each of the seriously injured and Rs 25,000 for those who suffered minor injuries.

11.25am: Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath expresses grief over the death of passengers in a train derailment in Chitrakoot district.

9.55am: The Congress expresses condolences to the those died in the Chitrakoot accident. “Citizens are wary of using the Indian Railways & a change of guard has not made them safer. We urge Ministry of Railways to prioritise safety,” the main opposition party tweets.

Derailed coaches of Vasco Da Gama-Patna express train near Manikpur railway station in Uttar Pradesh on Friday. (PTI Photo)

9.30am: The railway minister also directs Railway Board chairman Ashwani Lohani, who is in Uttar Pradesh, to rush to the accident site.

9.22am: Chief public relations officer of East Coast Railways, JP Mishra, says train movements will not be affected as one line on the section is free for passage of trains.

9.20am: In Odisha, a goods train carrying coal from Paradip port derails on the Paradip-Cuttack section of East Coast Railway zone. No casualties or injuries have been reported.

9.15am: The railway minister expresses condolences to the families of the deceased, says immediate rescue and relief operations started and an inquiry ordered into the train derailment.

8.55am: Railway minister Piyush Goyal announces ex-gratia compensation of Rs 5 lakh each to kin of dead in the derailment, Rs 1 lakh for those with grevious injuries, and Rs 50,000 for those with simple injuries.

8.37am: The 13 derailed coaches comprise S3, S4, S5, S6, S7, S8, S9, S10, S11, two extra sleeper coaches and two general coaches.

8.35am: Two of the victims were identified as Deepak Patel and his father Ram Swaroop from Betia, Bihar. The third person succumbed to his injuries later.

8.30am: The Ministry of railways increases the number of injured to 10.

8.25am: North Central Railway spokesperson Amit Malviya tells IANS that a train with the remaining passengers left for Patna at 7.25 a.m. from Manikpur..

The railway ministry tweeted some more helpline numbers.

8.20am: Chitrakoot SP Pratap Gopendra Singh says a father-son duo from Bettiah district of Bihar died on the spot while the third person died at a hospital.

8.05am: Uttar Pradesh police have set up help line numbers.

7.10am: Helpline numbers have been set up and rescue and relief operations are underway, Anil Saxena, PRO Indian Railways, tells ANI.

A derailed coach of the Vasco Da Gama-Patna express in UP’s Chitrakoot. (HT Photo )

7.05am: Additional director general (Law and Order) Anand Kumar said the derailment occurred due to a fracture in the railway tracks.

7am: Malviya says a medical train reached the spot and by 5:20am, an accident relief train was dispatched for the spot.

6.58am: The divisional railway manager (DRM), Allahabad has already reached the spot while the General Manager, NCR is on his way, he said.

6.55am: The injured have been rushed to the hospital and officials have left for the spot. Relief operations are underway, North Central Railway PRO Amit Malviya tells PTI.

6.50am: The Patna-bound train derailed at 4:18am near Manikpur railway station in Chitrakoot district of Uttar Pradesh.

First Published: Nov 24, 2017 07:46 IST