Uttar Pradesh's Muzaffarnagar train derailment: 15-20 injured

10 dead, over 50 hurt as 14 coaches of Utkal Express derail in UP's Muzaffarnagar

10 dead, over 50 hurt as 14 coaches of Utkal Express derail in UP's Muzaffarnagar

Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has instructed Chairman of the Railway Board and member traffic to oversee rescue and relief operations after five coaches of the Puri-Haridwar Kalinga Utkal Express derailed in Uttar Pradesh's Muzaffarnagar area on Saturday evening.

The incident took place at about 5.50 pm in Khatauli which lies about 40 km away from Muzzafarnagar. Dozens of people are injured and casualties are also feared, though there is no official confirmation of any death.

Two teams of the National Disaster Response Forces (NDRF), comprising 45 personnel each, were also mobilized for the objective. He added that railway officials have been instructed to coordinate speedy relief effort to ensure the safety of the people.

The train that was scheduled to reach Haridwar at 9:00 PM derailed midway in Muzaffarnagar's Khatauli.

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The Railways Minister also stated that medical vans have been rushed to the site to aid in the rescue operations and evacuate the injured passengers. There could be more causalities, as relief and rescue operations are still being conducted.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath enquired about the accident and directed officials to take all possible action, an official spokesperson said.

The railways issued helpline numbers for victims and families to seek help.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweets "Extremely pained by the derailment of the Utkal Express in Muzaffarnagar".

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Have ordered inquiry into the unfortunate accident to ascertain the cause.

Additionally, 20 ambulances of private hospitals have also been rushed to the spot.

NDRF has tweeted about sending personnel at the site.

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