In the aftermath of the horrific train derailment that happened in Khatauli on Saturday evening, trains passing through the Northern Railway have been either cancelled or diverted till 6 pm today, reported PTI citing a senior Railway official. The incident took place on Saturday evening when as many as 14 coaches of a high-speed Utkal Express jumped the rails, with one of them crashing into a house adjacent to the track near Khatauli. As per the official figures released, 23 people were dead while 97 others were left injured. The accident occurred around 5.45 pm near Khatauli town, 40 km off Muzaffarnagar, the Uttar Pradesh Police said. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had promised help for the injured while Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu announced an ex-gratia of Rs 3.5 lakh for the deceased. A posse of security personnel from the UP Police, the RPF, the PAC, the RRF, has been deployed at the site of the accident since it occurred last evening.
Here are the LIVE updates:
11:00 AM: Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu says that he will not allow laxity in operations by the Board. “Have directed CRB to fix responsibility on prima facie evidence by end of day,” he tweeted.
10:40 AM: BJP Odisha MLA Rabi Narayan Naik met those injured in a hospital in Muzaffarnagar earlier today.
10:26 AM: RN Singh, the Divisional Railway Manager while speaking to ANI in Delhi said that We are hopeful that normal traffic will restore around 9 pm.
10:15 AM: “All services on Meerut line, on which the Khatauli falls, have been either cancelled or diverted through other routes till 6 PM, as the tracks are yet to be cleared of mangled train coaches,” DRM of the Delhi Division, R N Singh told PTI.
10:00 AM: Locals have come out in numbers to support the injured. They have been actively taking part in the rescue operations.
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9:45 AM: Building on overnight search and rescue operation, the railways today deployed high-tech cranes and scores of workers to clear the tracks even as the sleepy town of Khatauli tried to come to terms with the train tragedy.