The mishap took place about 5:20am near Rura railway station, 50km from Kanpur, the ministry of railways said in a tweet.
Fifteen coaches of the train, 12987 Sealdah-Ajmer express, derailed when it was crossing a bridge over a dry canal in the area, a railway official said.
“A rescue team has rushed to the spot and a medical relief train from Kanpur has also been sent to the accident site. Currently we are focusing on relief and rescue operations,” railway spokesperson Anil Saxena said.
“As per preliminary reports, 15 coaches of the train got derailed. The first 5 and last 3 coaches were intact,” Anil Saxena said.
Asked about the reason of the derailment, he said, “there was dense fog in the morning”.
Earlier, there were reports that two people have died in the accident, but UP DGP’s office clarified that a medical examination has found them alive and they are undergoing treatment in a hospital.
Rescue and relief operations have been started at the accident spot with the district health department dispatching 14 ambulances and relief teams from Kanpur and Tundla, he said.
Buses have also been plied to drop the stranded passengers from the spot to Kanpur railway station.
The incident has affected the movement of trains on the route. Kanpur-New Delhi Shatabdi train has been cancelled due to the accident.
Union railway minister Suresh Prabhu is personally monitoring the situation.
“Personally monitoring the situation in wake of unfortunate derailment of Sealdah-Ajmer express near Kanpur. I have directed senior officials to reach the site immediately. Immediate medical help is being provided to the injured,” Prabhu tweeted after the accident.
A thorough investigation will be carried out to ascertain the cause, Prabhu said.
Source : TimesofIndia