Howrah-New Delhi Poorva Express derails near Kanpur, 3 injured

Lucknow: Twelve coaches of the Howrah-New Delhi Poorva Express derailed near Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh early on Saturday, injuring at least three people, ANI reported.

The train was going to New Delhi when the incident occurred near Rooma railway station under Maharajpur police station in Kanpur Nagar district around 12.50 am. Four out of the 12 derailed Linke Hofmann Busch (LHB) coaches have overturned, railway officials said.

Coaches of the train travelling from Prayagraj to Delhi derailed at about 1 AM near Rooma village, about 15 kilometres from Kanpur. Visuals from the spot show the damaged coaches. About 15 ambulances were at the spot to take injured passengers to the hospital.

Indian Railways spokesperson Smita Vats Sharma told ANI that an “Accident Relief Train” and medical equipment have been sent to the accident site. The main route has been impacted due to the derailment.

All long-distance trains running from towards Delhi from the east have been delayed.

The police are supervising rescue operations. A 45-member team from the National Disaster Response Force is also at the spot.

“Rescue operation is underway. No casualties have been reported till now. Buses are being arranged to take passengers to Kanpur Central. Railway authorities have said that they are arranging a train for passengers from Kanpur to Delhi,” Kanpur District Magistrate Vijay Vishwas Pant was quoted as saying by ANI.

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