Lucknow: At least six passengers were killed and more than 30 others injured when the engine and bogies of the Delhi-bound New Farakka Express derailed near Harchandpur railway station in Raebareli on Wednesday morning.
Eight coaches of the New Farakka Express derailed at around 6:05 am when the train was heading to New Delhi from Malda town in West Bengal, Northern Railway Divisional Railway Manager Satish Kumar said.
Uttar Pradesh DGP OP Singh confirmed the deaths of six people including a woman and two children. Some eyewitnesses said that changing of the track at the last moment may have led to the derailment.
National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams from Lucknow and Varanasi have reached the spot and begun relief and rescue operations.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Aditynath expressed grief over the accident.
“Anguished by the loss of lives due to a rail accident in Raebareli. Condolences to the bereaved families and I pray that the injured recover quickly. UP Government, Railways and NDRF are ensuring all possible assistance at the site of the accident,” PM Modi tweeted.
Yogi Aditynath also expressed his heartfelt condolences for the deceased and directed the DGP, Raebareli DM and SP as well as the health authorities to take all possible relief and rescue measures at the site.