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Puri-Haridwar-Kalinga Utkal Express Derails In UP's Muzaffarnagar; At least 5 Dead, Several Injured

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| August 19 , 2017 , 19:48 IST

At least five persons were killed while several others were injured as Six coaches of Puri-Haridwar-Kalinga Utkal Express on Saturday evening derailed in Muzaffarnagar's Khatauli area.

According to Railway Ministry officials, the train headed from Puri in Odisha to Haridwar in Uttarakhand derailed from the track around 5:45 PM. The Ministry also issued a helpline number for people to inquire about the accident - 760534054, 5101.

According to initial reports, a derailed bogie rammed into a house on side of the track.

Soon after the derailment, Union Minister for Railways Suresh Prabhu said he was personally monitoring the situation and a probe has been ordered.

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The Railways Minister tweeted, "I am personally monitoring situation.Hv instructed senior officers to reach site immediately and ensure speedy rescue and relief operations."

Northern Railways spokesperson Neeraj Sharma has said, "Six coaches of the train derailed in which over 20 passengers have been injured." He added the railways has rushed medical vans to the site and rescue operations are underway.

Railway Minister further added, "Have instructed Chairman Rly Board, Member Traffic to oversee rescue and relief operations.I am personally monitoring situation."

He tweeted, "Medical vans have been rushed to the site.All efforts being taken to ensure speedy relief and rescue operations."

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has enquired about the accident and has directed all possible action.

The Chief Minister also expressed grief over the accident and said that proper treatment will be provided to everyone injured in the train derailment.

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu announced probe into the incident tweeting, "Have ordered inquiry into the unfortunate accident to ascertain the cause. Strict action will be taken against any lapse."