Jhansi: At least 22 people were injured on Thursday after eight coaches of the Mahakoshal Express got derailed between Uttar Pradesh’s Mahoba and Kulpahar. The incident took place at around 2 am. No casualties have been reported so far. The train was on its way from Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh to Delhi. Officials said that that six people sustained serious injuries.
The North Central Railways’ Chief Public Relations Officer has said that an accident relief train had been deployed at the site. As per sources, authorities are yet to determine the real cause of derailment. The railways administration has set up helplines at Jhansi, Gwalior, Banda and Nizamuddin stations to offer information to relatives of the passengers.
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath directed state Health Minister Siddharth Nath Singh to visit the derailment site and oversee the relief operation.
However, it may be noted that there have been several train accidents across the country in the past few months. Earlier in January 2017, at least 36 people died after the Jagdalpur-Bhubaneswar Express was derailed. The incident had followed the derailment of the Ajmer-Sealdah Express derailment and the Patna-Indore Express mishap.