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More than 100 passengers were injured and about 20 killed as 14 coaches of the Howrah-Kalka Express went off the rails near Malwa station in Fatehpur district of Uttar Pradesh on Sunday noon, an official said. Many people are trapped inside the coaches and efforts are on to  rescue

Twenty bodies have been recovered…it won’t be surprising if more than 50 people are killed as many bodies are still trapped inside the mangled coaches,” Special Director General of Police Brij Lal told IANS.

He said the coaches were being cut with gas cutters and more than 200 policemen were conducting rescue operations.

Lal said Inspector General Javed Akhtar was supervising the operations, while Railway board chairman Vinay Mittal was on his way from Delhi.

The train was bound for Kalka and was travelling at 105 km an hour when it went off the rails at Malwa station in Fatehpur district, about 150 km from here.

According to senior development operations manager of North Central Railways Pradeep Ojha: “A number of people are still trapped in the 14 coaches that jumped the rails as the train was about to touch Malwa station around 12.20 p.m. today.”

“Relief measures are on in full swing and people are engaged in cutting the AC coaches with gas welding machines to bring out survivors.”

All the injured have been rushed to Fatehpur district hospital, about 17 km away from the accident site.

A high-level probe has been ordered into the incident. At the spot, locals with the help of railway and district administration authorities are trying to pull out those trapped inside the bogies.

Two rescue trains including one from Allahabad and Kanpur have rushed to the spot, where gas cutters and other equipments are being used to pull out the trapped passengers.

 

 

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