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Utkal Express tragedy: 156 injured, many remain critical, says UP official

The injured passengers had been admitted to various hospitals in Meerut and Muzaffarnagar

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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

A senior official on Sunday said 156 people were injured in the of Utkal Express in western

Many of the 156 injured were in a critical state, Awanish Kumar Awasthi, Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister, said.

"A total of 156 people were injured in the Utkal Express accident and among them, many remain critical," Awasthi told PTI over the phone.

The Union said in a release early this morning that 21 people were killed and 97 injured, 26 of them grievously, in the yesterday.

The injured had been admitted to various in and

Fourteen coaches of the high-speed jumped the rails, with one of them crashing into a house by the tracks near Khatauli.

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

authorities have set up a control room to assist the families of those affected. The numbers are 0131- 2436918, 0131-2436103 and 0131-2436564.

First Published: Sun, August 20 2017. 13:39 IST