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Vasco Da Gama-Patna Express derails near Manikpur; 3 dead, 9 hurt

PTI Lucknow/New Delhi | Updated on January 09, 2018
Derailed coaches of Vasco Da Gama-Patna express train near Manikpur railway station in Manikpur Uttar Pradesh on Friday.

Derailed coaches of Vasco Da Gama-Patna express train near Manikpur railway station in Manikpur Uttar Pradesh on Friday.   -  PTI

A google map image of Manikpur Railway station in Uttar Pradesh. Photo: Google Maps

A google map image of Manikpur Railway station in Uttar Pradesh. Photo: Google Maps

The Patna-bound train derailed at 4:18 am near Manikpur railway station in Chitrakoot district of Uttar Pradesh

A six-year-old boy and his father were among three passengers killed and nine others injured after 13 coaches of the Vasco Da Gama-Patna Express derailed near Manikpur Railway Station in Uttar Pradesh today.

The Patna-bound Vasco Da Gama Express (12741) derailed at 4:18 am, soon after leaving platform number 2 of the Manikpur Railway Station in Chitrakoot district, about 250 km from Lucknow.

According to ADG (Law and Order), Anand Kumar, prima facie a fractured track led to the accident.

Ex-gratia announced

Railway Minister Piyush Goyal expressed grief over the accident and announced compensation for the families of those killed in the accident.

He has also ordered an inquiry by the Commissioner Railway Safety and directed Chairman Railway Board Ashwani Lohani, who is in the state, to rush to the site. “Immediate rescue and relief operations started and an inquiry ordered into the derailment of Vasco De Gama-Patna Express at Manikpur, UP. My sincere condolences to the families of the deceased”, Goyal tweeted.

Chitrakoot SP Pratap Gopendra Singh said a father-son duo from Bettiah district of Bihar died on the spot while the third passenger died at a hospital. “Of those injured, two were serious and admitted to district hospital, Chitrakoot. Seven with minor injuries are being treated at Manikpur,” Singh said.

North Central Railway PRO Amit Malviya said the coaches which jumped off the tracks were S3 to S11, two general coaches and two extra coaches. “The injured have been rushed to the hospital and officials have left for the spot. Relief operations are underway,” Malviya said.

He said that soon after the accident, a medical train reached the spot and by 5:20 am, an accident relief train was dispatched for the spot.

Railway spokesperson Anil Saxena told PTI that the affected route has now been cleared for traffic.

In August this year, 23 passengers were killed and 150 injured when the Utkal Kalinga Express derailed in Uttar Pradesh.

Published on November 24, 2017

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