Nine coaches and the engine of the New Delhi bound New Farakka Express derailed near Rae Bareli in Uttar Pradesh early Wednesday, killing at least seven people and seriously injuring nine, officials said.
The accident on the New Farakka Express (14003) that was on its from Malda in West Bengal to New Delhi took place in Harchandpur area of Rae Bareli district at 6.10 am, Uttar Pradesh Additional Director General (ADG), Law and Order, Anand Kumar said.
About 30-35 people received minor injuries, he said.
Ten women and six minors are among the injured, railway officials added.
Four of the seriously injured are being treated at the trauma centre of Lucknow's King George Medical University and two at the city's Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences, government spokesperson Shrikant Sharma told reporters.
The other injured were taken to Rae Bareli, about 80 km from the state capital Lucknow, for treatment, officials said.
He said the UP government, railways and the National Disaster Response Force were ensuring all possible assistance at the site of the accident.
The minister has ordered an enquiry to be conducted by the Commission of Railway Safety, Northern Circle.
The chief minister, who headed a cabinet meeting to condole the loss of lives, directed the director general of police, district magistrate, the superintendent of police, health authorities and the NDRF to provide all possible assistance to relief and rescue operations.
An NDRF team, comprising 40 personnel, and senior officials from the state and the railways, reached the site of the accident.
According to ADG Kumar, the reason for derailment will be known after an Anti-Terrorism Squad is sent for an on-the-spot probe.
Emergency helpline numbers were set up at the Deen Dayal Upadhyaya junction, Mughalsarai, officials said.
All up and down lines on the route were blocked and officials suspect that the number of casualties may rise.
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