Utkal train derailment: Railway Safety Commissioner to hold site inspection

Marsha Scott
August 21, 2017

"Prime facie, it seems maintenance work was being carried out on the tracks".

The affected rail route is expected to be cleared and traffic is likely to be restored by 7 pm, the railways said. He had ordered an inquiry into the accident yesterday.

Two heavy-duty cranes were brought in Sunday.

Following the accident, National Disaster Response Force or NDRF and various divisions of the police were pressed into service to rescue survivors from the badly-mangled coaches.

The train was coming from Puri in Odisha to Haridwar in Uttarkhand.

"Restoration is top priority".

Of the 20 dead, the bodies of 11 have been identified, said a spokesperson of the Uttar Pradesh government.

Many injured person have been discharged after first aid.

According to the Newspaper, Two coaches of the train hit the walls of one Pintu Choudhary's house while a nearby tea stall was destroyed with the owner and four customers getting crushed to death.

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Workers continued to search for survivors Sunday, a day after a train derailed in India, killing at least 23 people and injuring more than 80 others.

"This is the strictest possible action that could have been taken and the intention was to send out a message that officers at each level have to take responsibility".

Six of the derailed coaches were severely damaged.

"Forget bullet trains, 27 train accidents have taken place since the Narandra Modi government took office (in May 2014)".

The minister also announced 3.5 rupees lakh ex-gratia compensation for those who lost their lives, 50,000 for the seriously injured and 25,000 for those who received minor injuries.

UP health minister Sidharth Nath Singh tweeted that the injured were being sent to the primary health centre in Khatauli and district hospitals in Muzaffarnagar, and all ambulances from Meerut and Muzaffarnagar had been mobilised to help in rescue.

As per various reports, the track on which the train was travelling had been put under unofficial maintenance.

The railway staff was working to clear the derailed coaches and fix the damaged tracks as all trains on the route have been diverted.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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