Coaches of the Puri-Haridwar Utkal Express derailed in Khatauli on Saturday
Twenty-three passengers were killed and over 60 injured when 14 coaches of the Puri-Haridwar Utkal Express derailed in Khatauli on Saturday evening.
More casualties are feared as a number of passengers are said to have been trapped in the coaches. With nightfall adding to difficulties, the railways were engaged in a grim battle for rescuing those trapped by deploying heavy gas cutters and other equipments to break open into the coaches.
Locals help rescue workers. Pics/PTI and Twitter
The accident took place around 5.45 pm. Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu ordered an inquiry into the derailment. President Ram Nath Kovind and PM Modi expressed condolences to the kin of the victims.
Muzaffarnagar authorities have set up a control room to assist families of those affected.
Soon after the incident was reported, the UPâÂÂAnti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) was rushed to the spot. "I can't comment about the reason of the tragedy. ATS has been sent there as a precautionary measure on behalf of the UP government," ADG Anand Kumar Srivastava said.
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Narendra modi, Prime Minister
'Extremely pained by the derailment of the Utkal Express in Muzaffarnagar. My thoughts are with the families of the deceased' Suresh Prabhu, Railways minister 'Ex gratia of Rs 3.5 lakh for the deceased, R50,000 for seriously injured and Rs 25,000 for those with minor injuries'
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