Fifteen people have been injured after 12 coaches of the Howrah-New Delhi Poorva Express derailed on Saturday near Kanpur, India.
Three of them were admitted to a hospital. The train was going to New Delhi. The District Magistrate, Senior Superintendent of Police, and other senior officials reached the spot and supervised the rescue operation, the officials said. The police are supervising rescue operations. A 45-member team from the National Disaster Response Force is also at the spot. No casualties were reported yet.
Additional Director General (Public Relations) in Ministry of Railways, Smita Vats Sharma said, accident Relief Train and Accident Relief Medical Equipment are at the site and all the passengers have been evacuated. Recounting the incident, a passenger said there was a loud sound and everyone fell off their seats. The passengers from the train involved in the accident were brought to the Kanpur Central railway station, from where they left for New Delhi in a special train. It has diverted and cancelled a number of trains. The cause of the derailment was not yet specified. Train derailments in India occur however frequently. The Railway Ministry has ordered an inquiry into the derailment.