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At least 74 passengers have been injured when 10 coaches of the Delhi-bound Kaifiyat Express along with its engine derailed near UP's Auraiya district early morning on Wednesday.
No casualties have been reported in the second rail incident in Uttar Pradesh state since the derailment of the Utkal Express in Muzaffarnagar district on August 19 which killed 22 people, injuring 156 others.
According to railway officials, the derailment occurred around 2:40 AM after the train collided with a dumper. A National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team has been rushed to the spot for rescue and relief operations while Union Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu tweeted that he was personally monitoring the situation.
"A dumper hit the locomotive of the Kaifiyat Express, resulting in the derailment of coaches," tweeted Prabhu.
A dumper hit the locomotive of the Kaifiyat Express,resulting in derailment of coaches 1/ https://t.co/8EgmiW0gMO— Suresh Prabhu (@sureshpprabhu) August 23, 2017
"Some passengers have received injuries and have been shifted to nearby hospitals. I am personally monitoring the situation, [and] rescue operations. Have directed senior officers to reach the site immediately," he added.
Some passengers have received Injuries and have been shifted to nearby hospitals.I am personally monitoring situation,rescue operations 2/— Suresh Prabhu (@sureshpprabhu) August 23, 2017
Have directed senior officers to reach the site immediately 3/— Suresh Prabhu (@sureshpprabhu) August 23, 2017
North Central Railway (NCR) sources say that work had been in process for a dedicated freight corridor at the site when the accident took place.
The injured have been taken to nearby hospitals.