LUCKNOW: At least seven people died and around 35 injured after nine coaches and the engine of the New Farakka Express derailed in Uttar Pradesh’s Raebareli early this morning. The train was expected to reach New Delhi a little after 2.30 pm today.
National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams from Lucknow and Varanasi are at the site of accident to rescue passengers who may have been trapped. Senior officers including the DM, SP and sub-divisional magistrate are also at the site. Six buses were sent to the spot to help evacuate around 300 passengers.
Railway Minister Piyush Goyal has ordered an investigation into the accident which will be conducted by the Commission of Railway Safety, Northern Circle. Meanwhile, sources said Chairman Railway Board Ashwani Lohani was on his way to the accident site.
UP CM Yogi Adityanath announced Rs. 2 lakh compensation for the families of those who died in the accident and Rs. 50,000 for those who are seriously injured.
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