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Utkal train derailment: Victims recall 'horrifying' ordeal

23 lost their lives, while at least 97 were injured after 14 coaches of Utkal Express derailed

ANI  |  Muzaffarnagar (Uttar Pradesh) [India] 

Utkal Express derailment
Coaches of the Puri-Haridwar Utkal Express after it derailed in Khatauli near Muzaffarnagar on Saturday. Photo: PTI

"Some were rescued out of the coaches, while some were stuck; some lost their legs and a few lost their hands, while some suffered fractures," said Dilip Singh Yadav from

Yadav is among the many people who were injured in the derailment of Puri-Haridwar-Kalinga Express that took place on Saturday evening in Khatauli near Muzzafarnagar, about 115 kilometres from

23 people lost their lives, while at least 97 passengers were injured after fourteen coaches of the high-speed Express jumped the rails, with one of them crashing into a house adjacent to the track near Khatauli in Uttar Pradesh.

Another passenger, Kavita Sen, from Gwalior, who is admitted in a hospital along with her daughter, called the incident "horrifying."

"I reached for my daughter when I got into my senses, but she was trapped. When I looked around, more people were lying there," she recalled.

Talking about the incident, a relative of a wounded passenger detailed the moment when the news was broken to his parents, saying that the duo started crying after receiving the phone call near 6.30 pm.

Sarwar, who suffered fractures in his ribs, said that he was travelling in S1 coach when there was a "sudden loud jerk" and four-five men near him died on the spot while another said that the derailment appeared like "chain-pulling."

The train was coming from in Odisha and going to in Uttarakhand, normally a journey of about 36 hours.

The coaches damaged were S1 to S10 sleeper class, third AC B1, second AC A1 coach and the pantry. Muzaffarnagar authorities have set up a control room to assist families of those affected. The numbers are: 0131- 2436918, 0131-2436103 and 0131-2436564.

 

First Published: Sun, August 20 2017. 21:45 IST
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