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Last Updated : Jul 11, 2011 11:04 AM IST | Source: IBNLive.com

Kalka Express derailed in UP, 35 dead

Thirty five have been been confirmed dead and over 140 injured as the Howrah-Delhi-Kalka Express derailed near Fatehpur Malwa in Uttar Pradesh on Sunday. The incident took place around 12:30 pm.


Thirty five have been been confirmed dead and over 140 injured as the Howrah-Delhi-Kalka Express derailed near Fatehpur Malwa in Uttar Pradesh on Sunday. The incident took place around 12:30 pm.


Reports say that 13 bogies have been derailed and more than 100 passengers have been injured. Approximately 1200 people were travelling on board Kalka Mail.


The train was travelling from Howrah to New Delhi and was moving at the speed of 108 Km/Hr when the driver used emergency brakes to slow it down, which lead to the derailment, sources claim.


Local sources confirmed that gas cutters arrived at the accident spot and that the mangled bogies were being cut open to take out the injured.


Seven bogies have been badly mangled, sources claim, while three more bogies have capsized. The badly damaged bogies are - three AC 3 tier cars, one pantry car, five sleeper cars and two general cars.


The train driver is said to be among the injured. Reports also claim that the count of injured will rise as some bogies have not yet been cut open for the rescue efforts.


The Ministry of Railways has announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh for the families of those dead, Rs 1 lakh for those critically injured and Rs 25,000 for those with minor injuries.


The train was passing through Malwa station when its engine and 12 bogies got derailed, sources said. The injured have been taken to the Fatehpur District Hospital.


Sources say that three rescue trains including one from Allahabad and Kanpur have rushed to the spot. One relief train reached the spot. The National Disaster Relief Force said it was sending three teams from Delhi, even as the Army was being called in for medical support.


Mukul Goel, IG National Disaster Relief Force, said, "Three teams of total 100 people are going to the accident spot. These teams are specialised in collapse structure rescue. We are waiting for the Indian Air Force plane."


The Commissioner of Railways Safety PK Vajpayee will conduct an enquiry into the derailment of the train.


The busy Delhi-Howrah route has been hit and many trains on the route have been cancelled or diverted. Twelve trains were cancelled and 23 trains were diverted.


Railway authorities have given out a railways helpline number -


03326413660, 03326413660


The other helpline numbers are:


New Delhi: 011-23342954, 011-23342954, 23341074


Delhi: 011-23962389, 011-23962389, 23967332


Allahabad: 0532-2407353, 0532-2407353, 2408128


Fatehpur: 05180-222025, 05180-222025, 222026, 222436


Kanpur: 0512-2323015, 0512-2323015, 2323016, 2323018

Khurja: 05738-253084, 05738-253084, 253085

First Published on Jul 10, 2011 07:17 pm
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