This was the worst train accident in the country after the May 2010 disaster in West Bengal involving Gyaneshwari Express in which some 170 people were killed.

Indore-Patna Express Death toll rises to 146 rescuers call off search for survivors PTI
news Accident Monday, November 21, 2016 - 13:58

The death toll in Sunday's train derailment tragedy rose to 146 on Monday as 25 more bodies were pulled out of the mangled coaches, officials said.

"The death toll of the Indore-Patna Express has gone up to 146," North Central Railways spokesperson Vijay Kumar told IANS.

"While 25 more bodies were taken out the mangled coaches, another person died at Regency hospital in Kanpur," Kumar added. 

The Railways official said that of the 179 injured many were discharged after first aid, while those seriously injured were still admitted in hospital. 

The tragedy occurred when 14 coaches of the train went off the rails near Pukhrayan station, about 60 km from Kanpur city. 

Rescue operations conducted by the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) as well as the local police and the Army was called off by the Railways. 

"The rescue operations were called off around 2 p.m. today (Monday)," Railways spokesperson Anil Kumar Saxena told IANS in Delhi.

He also said that the rail tracks were also cleared. "The damaged coaches have been removed from the railway tracks," Saxena added. 

Earlier in the day, Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu said in the Lok Sabha that Railways has ordered a forensic probe to find the exact reasons of the rail accident. 

"There shall be separate comprehensive investigation aided by latest technical and forensic analysis by an appropriate agency to look into all possible angles," Prabhu said.

On Sunday, Prabhu ordered a high-level probe. He also said that the Railway Ministry has collaborated with the Uttar Pradesh government to provide all necessary help.

Prabhu and Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha on Sunday visited the hospitals where the injured were being treated, as well as the accident site. 

While the cause of the derailment is yet to be ascertained, Sinha had earlier said the accident could have been caused due to "fracture" of the tracks.

The worst hit were the sleeper coaches S1, S2, S3 and S4.

This was the worst train accident in the country after the May 2010 disaster in West Bengal involving Gyaneshwari Express in which some 170 people were killed. 

The death toll in one of the worst rail accidents in the country that took place on Sunday when the Indore-Patna Express rolled off the tracks near Kanpur, rose to 142. Television reports on Monday afternoon said that rescue officials on ground called off search for survivors. 

"The death toll has risen to 142 and 59 people are still admitted in the hospital," UP Police Inspector General Zaki Ahmed told IANS on MKonday afternoon.

Over 150 people were injured in the tragedy when 14 coaches of the train ran off the rails near Pukhrayan station, about 60 km from Kanpur city. 

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Sunday night visited the hospitals where the injured were being treated. 

"High-level orders are being given to probe the accident," Prabhu said, adding the Railway Ministry has collaborated with the Uttar Pradesh government to provide all necessary help.

Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha was also there at the accident site.

He ordered officials to increase the pace of relief operations and better treatment to the injured.

"Strict actions will be taken against those responsible for the disaster," Sinha added.

While the cause of the derailment is yet to be ascertained, Sinha had earlier said that the accident could have been caused due to rail fracture.

The worst hit were the sleeper coaches S1, S2, S3 and S4.

This was the worst train accident in the country after the May 2010 disaster in West Bengal involving Gyaneshwari Express in which some 170 people were killed. 
 

 

 

 

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