Sirathu (SRO): At least four passengers were feared dead and over 50 injured on Monday when eight bogies of the Muri Express derailed near Sirathu railway station in Kaushambi district of UP. Eight bogies of the train have been derailed. “Eight coaches have derailed and one has capsized. The affected coaches are S3 to S6 coach, along with AC coaches B1, B2, A1 and one general coach,” confirmed CPRO, North Central Railways Vijay Kumar.
Officials of Kaushambi district administration said that eight bogies derailed include two general coaches and four sleeper.
The death toll is expected to rise. Many injured passengers are said to be in critical condition. The cause of derailment is not known as yet. Local villagers were the first to come for rescue. Rescue teams have been rushed to the spot. “Medical teams have left from Allahabad and are reaching the spot soon,” he said.
Railway Board PRO Anil Saxena added that the accident has affected traffic on the route. “The rail traffic on this route will be affected. Administrative and medical help has been rushed to the spot,” he said.
Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has announced an ex-gratia of Rs one lakh for the deceased and directed Chief Secretary Alok Ranjan to make available all necessary help to the victims.
As per initial reports, Muri express, train No 18109, from Rourkela in Odisha to Jammu Tawi, derailed three kilometres from Sirathu railway station at around 2pm.
Sirathu station falls in the Allahabad-Kanpur central section of the busy Delhi-Howrah route.
The accident has disrupted movement of other trains.