Published on : Monday, November 21, 2016
The accident occurred early in the morning at the Dehat district in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. Around 3:10 am local time, between the Pukhrayan railway station and Malasa station along the Jhansi-Kanpur section, fourteen carriages of the express train got derailed and smashed into each other. According to sources, the S1 and the S2 sleeper coaches were mangled, where the S3 and S4 coaches were thrown at the nearby fields. The B3 AC coach was also severely damaged.
The cause behind the derailment is not definite but the railway officials think that a railway fracture can be the reason behind the tragic crash that initially killed 128 and severely injured over 200. The death toll later rose to 133. The authorities suspect that the toll might rise further more as several people are still trapped inside the coaches.
The rescue teams are using cranes and cutting equipments powered by gas to rescue the trapped survivors from the coaches and to get the bodies of the deceased travellers out.
According to a director-general of police, Daljeet Chaudhary, the rescue workers are being very careful while using the gas cutters and he has also informed that the death toll can rise soon as the rescue workers haven’t yet reached the most damaged coaches.
Right after the derailment, several medical teams were providing first aid to the passengers and the severely injured travellers were being sent to the nearby hospitals.
The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi expressed that he was anguished beyond words on the loss of lives due to the derailing of the Patna-Indore express.
The railway minister Suresh Prabhu informed that he was rushing to the accident site to personally monitor the situation.
Till 8 pm on 20th November, sixty-three bodies have been identified.
Among the deceased, 20 travellers were from the state of Uttar Pradesh, 13 travellers were from Madhya Pradesh and five travellers were from the state of Bihar.
A spokesperson for north-central railway has informed that a statutory inquiry will be held on 21st November and 22nd November by the Commissioner of Railway Safety of the Eastern circle, P.K. Acharya.
According to S.K. Agarwal, DRM of Jhansi division, the cause of the derailment can not be ascertained yet. He also added that the Sabarmati Express crossed the same track nine minutes earlier without any difficulty.
Sources said that the train was carrying hundreds of passengers over the capacity of the train.