Kalinga Utkal Express train accident LIVE: 23 dead, 97 reportedly injured; restoration in full swing

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New Delhi | Updated: Aug 20, 2017 9:55 AM

Kalinga Utkal Express train accident LIVE: In an unfortunate event, Puri Haridwar Kalinga Utkal Express derailed in Khatauli in Muzaffarnagar of Uttar Pradesh. The government has confirmed 10 deaths so far but according to the media reports, this number can go up.

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Kalinga Utkal Express train accident LIVE: In an unfortunate event, Puri Haridwar Kalinga Utkal Express derailed in Khatauli, a town near Muzaffarnagar of Uttar Pradesh.  As many as 14 coaches went off track and over 40 people have been reported injured in the incident. The train was going to Haridwar with its arrival time scheduled at 9 PM. The incident took place at around 5:50 PM. The government has confirmed 23 deaths, however, the number can go up. The reason behind the accident is still not clear. A Uttar Pradesh ATS team has initiated a probe into the matter. The reason behind the accident is yes yet to be ascertained. Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has announced ex gratia of Rs 3.5 Lakh for those who lost lives.

Here are all the Live updates:

9: 50 am: BJP Odisha MLA Rabi Narayan Naik met those injured in a hospital in Muzaffarnagar earlier today.

9: 35 am: Locals distribute breakfast and tea at Utkal Express train derailment site.

9: 17 am: 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.

9: 05 am: Trains on Meerut line have been cancelled or diverted till 6 pm, reported ANI.

8: 46 am: The statement by the Northern Railway stated: “In order to expedite the relief and rescue work of the derailed 18477 Puri – Haridwar Utkal Kalinga Express, Minister for Railway Suresh Prabhu is personally monitoring the relief and rescue work and he has directed Railway authorities to provide best possible medical assistance to injured passengers and all possible help to relatives and co-passengers of affected passengers.”

8: 30 am: According to a statement by the Northern Railway, General Manager R.K. Kulshrestha is personally monitoring the relief work at site.

8: 23 am: Affected rail route is expected to be cleared and traffic is likely to be restored by 7 p.m. today, reported ANI.

8: 10 am: As per the report by ANI, the rescue and relief operations are in full swing at the site of the deadly train derailment here where the death loss has now mounted to 23.

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7: 36 am: The Ministry of Railway released the list of injured passangers on Twitter:

7: 16 am: Rescue operations in the area of train derailment in northern India has been completed and local authorities have started restoration works.

7: 05 am: The derailment of the Puri- Haridwar Utkal Kalinga Express near Muzaffarnagar resulted in cancellation of three train services, reported PTI.

6: 43 am: As of now, the government has confirmed 23 deaths, however, the number can go up. Over 70 people are reported being injured.

6: 26 am: Fourteen coaches of the high-speed Utkal Express had yesterday jumped the rails. The incident took place at around 5:50 PM last evening.

6:05 am: Puri-Haridwar Utkal Kalinga Express train accident: Track repair work underway #Muzaffarnagar

3:30 am: According to Times Now’s latest report, 23 people are feared dead and over 80 people have been injured in the Muzaffarnagar train derailment.

3:00 am: According to reports, coaches which were severely damaged were S1 to S10 sleeper class, third AC B1, second AC A1 coach and the pantry.

2:45 am: President Ramnath Kovind tweets saying, ”sad at train derailment in UP; my thoughts are with deceased & their families. Injured are being rescued & provided relief.”

2:30 am: According to latest updates, Saharanpur Divison and District Magistrate, Muzaffarnagar, G S Priyadarshi said 90 people were injured in the accident and most of them have been admitted at district hospital, Muzaffragnagar. Some others were taken to Muzaffarnagar Medical College and Meerut Medical College, he added.

1:45 am: According to the latest report, the one of the fourteen coaches of a high-speed Utkal Express which jumped off the rails crashed into a house adjacent to the track near Khatauli.

1:30 am: Railway ministry officials in Delhi have said that the number of people injured in the Muzaffarnagar railway accident is 75.

Mangled bogie of the Utkal Express which met with an accident today. (ANI)

1:00 am: The tragic accident in Khatauli area in the district was not a nightmare for just the passengers of the ill-fated Utkal Express, but also for the locals whose houses lined the tracks, and are now splattered with blood.

12: 30 am: Congress chief Sonia Gandhi today expressed shock and grief at the derailment of the Utkal Express in Muzaffarnagar. She conveyed her thoughts and prayers with the families of the victims.

12:10 am: Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee tweeted on the Muzaffarnagar railway incident saying, ” deaths due to accidents pain us all.Condolences to families who lost loved ones.Safety must always be No.1 priority of IndianRailways.”

12:05 am: Rahul Gandhi expressed his grief for the families who suffered loss. He tweeted about it saying, ” shocked to know about the unfortunate accident of Utkal Express in Muzaffarnagar. My thoughts with the families who lost their loved ones.”

12:00 pm: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today announced Rs five lakh ex-gratia relief to the next of the kin of Odia passengers killed in the Puri-Haridwar Utkal Express derailment in Uttar Pradesh.

11: 55 pm: The derailment of the Puri- Haridwar Utkal Kalinga Express near Muzaffarnagar resulted in cancellation of three train services, including Ambala-Delhi- Ambala Intercity Express and Haridwar-Puri Utkal Kalinga Express, commencing journey tomorrow. Apart from this, six other trains, which commenced journey today, have been diverted, the railway ministry said in a statement.

11:45 pm: Arrangements of buses are being done for the clearance of the stranded passengers and helpline numbers have been provided, says the Northern Railways.

11: 40 pm: Around 74 people are injured, admitted in different hospitals, says UP Minister Satish Mahana

11:35 pm: Chief Minister of Rajasthan Vasundhara Raje expressed her grief regarding the Muzaffarnagar train accident saying, ”Pained by the news of derailment of Utkal Express. My heart goes out to the bereaved families. Praying for speedy recovery of the injured.”

11:25 pm: Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha tweeted saying, ” Pained by the tragic news of the train accident near #Muzaffarnagar. My prayers are with those affected and their families.”

11:20 pm: Latest visuals from Muzaffarnagar train derailment site, NDRF teams at the spot.

11:15 pm: Rescue operations have been completed. The injured have been shifted to the hospital. Restoration work will start now, situation is being monitored closely, says Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu.

11:10 pm: The death toll in the deadly Puri-Haridwar-Kalinga Utkal Express derailment has been maintained at 23, while the injured are being counted at 40 according to the latest reports.

11:05 pm: Medical aid being provied to the the injured in the Muzaffarnagar train derailment site; the death toll has been maintained at 23 according to the latest reports.

11:00 pm: Bollywood actor Anupam Kher expresses his condolences for the families who lost their near and dear ones in the train accident.

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10.44 pm: About 60-70 injured people have been rescued, rescue ops underway. About 20 dead bodies have been recovered so far: NDRF DG Sanjay Kumar

10.40 pm:  BJP president Amit Shah today expressed grief over the loss of lives in a train accident in Muzaffarnagar in western Uttar Pradesh, and said he had asked the local party unit to join the rescue efforts.

10.30 pm: I am going to Muzaffarnagar train derailment site, our teams there are fully equipped. Will rescue stranded ppl asap:NDRF DG Sanjay Kumar

10.25 pm: “Extremely saddened to know about tragic accident of the Utkal Express in Muzaffarnagar. My thoughts are with the families of the deceased,” Nadda said.

10.20 pm: “Spoken to Union Railways Minister Shri @sureshpprabhu and Health minister UP @sidharthnsingh . @MoHFW_INDIA is ready to provide all support,” Nadda tweeted.

10.10 pm: In response to Nadda’s Tweet, Prabhu said he was thankful to Nadda for offering the medical relief to the injured.

10.05 pm: Union Health Minister J P Nadda spoke to Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu and offered all medical support required for the victims of the train derailment in Muzaffarnagar in western Uttar Pradesh today.

10.00 pm: Due to derailment of Puri-Haridwar Utkal Kalinga Express near Khatauli Station Yard, 10 trains have been diverted.

9.45 pm: Around 100 pax were coming to Haridwar, 10 coach relief train is being run from Saharanpur: MK Singh, Station Master Haridwar

9.35 pm: The number of injured figure (400) as typed in the note is by mistake. We will post the correct figure soon: DGP PRO Rahul Srivastava

9.20 pm: Union Health Minister JP Nadda asked central trauma care teams to remain on standby.

9.15 pm: 11 dead bodies and 65 injured brought to Khatauli hospital: UP Principal secretary (Home) Arvind Kumar

9.00 pm: Spoken to Union Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu and UP Health minister UP, Ministry of Health is ready to provide all support: JP Nadda

8:54 PM Big lapse on the part of Indian Railways has come to the fore; it is a likely cause of accident

8:41 PM: Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi has reacted to the incident. “Shocked to know about unfortunate accident in #Muzaffarnagar. My thoughts with families who lost their loved ones,” he posted on Twitter.

8:40 PM: Meanwhile, Anil Saxena has confirmed that 14 coaches of the train were derailed.

8:35 PM: Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has announced ex gratia of 3.5 Lakh for those who lost their lives, Rs.50 thousand for seriously injured

8:32 PM: ABP News reports that 14 coaches of the train were derailed. If this number is to go by then the casualties can increase significantly.

8:30 PM: ANI reports citing sources that repair work was underway on the track which could be the reason behind the derailment.

8:27 PM: Anand Kumar has ANI that at least 30-40 people have been seriously injured in the accident. He also revealed that 30 ambulances have reached the spot.

8:22 PM: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has reacted to the incident. “I wish those injured a speedy recovery. The situation is being monitored very closely by the Railways Ministry,” PMO said in a tweet.

8:19 PM: Anand Kumar has confirmed that 10 people are dead in the accident so far.

SEE PICS | Puri Haridwar Kalinga Utkal Express derails near Muzaffarnagar

8:17 PM: Here are the helpline numbers:


(Source: ANI)

8:15 PM: Here is what Yogi Adityanath said:

8:10 PM: Anil Saxena of the Indian Railways has confirmed that four people are dead so far, reported ANI.

8:08 PM: “No exact numbers on casualties. Our two ministers Satish Mahana and Suresh Ranasent sent to the spot,” Yogi Adityanath, said.

8:05 PM: More than 50 injured. ATS sent there as precautionary measure, says Anand Kumar, ADG Law&Order Muzaffarnagar.

8:00 PM: Lalu Yadav has attacked the Railway minister Suresh Prabhu. “How will people travel, there is guarantee of safety. Railway Minister should resign,” he said while speaking to ANI.

7:58 PM: News agency Reuters reports while citing a government official that as many as 150 were injured due to the train derailment.

7:52 PM: ETV is reporting that many passers by also lost their lives after the train derailed.

7:47 PM: ETV UP is reporting that as many as 20 people have been reported dead. The channel said 3 coaches are still lying without any rescue operation.

7:40 PM: The coaches are being cut at this moment to ensure that nobody is inside Balyan said.

READ | From mishap time to deaths to helpline; know every detail here

7:38 PM: Balyan said help is being provided to the injured but didn’t comment on how the incident took place.

7:36 PM: Union Minister Sanjeev Balyan while speaking to ABP News says that it is an unfortunate event. He said efforts are being made to help all the affected people.

7:35 PM: ABP News is reporting that one of the coaches smashed into a nearby building which could possibly be of a college.

7:32 PM: Another tweet from Suresh Prabhu. He says Manoj Sinh and he are monitory the situation. “Manoj Sinha and I am monitoring the unfortunate accident, he is rushing to the accident site with member traffic and other sr officers,” Prabhu said.

7:30 PM: 9 PAC Companies issued orders to immediately reach Khatauli in Muzaffarnagar to extend help in Relief and Rescue operations, reported ANI.

7:28 PM: Here is the latest image from the spot:

(Source ANI)

7:22 PM: Ambulances have reached on spot and the injured are being taken to nearby hospitals. Many people are still stuck inside.

7:16 PM: “Have ordered an inquiry into #UPTrainTragedy to ascertain the cause. Strict action will be taken against any lapse,” Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said in another tweet.

7:14 PM: Railways has released the official helpline number. You can enquire about the well-being on 9760534054.

7:13 PM: Here are more visuals from the spot:

7:12 PM: “NDRF teams mobilised for rescue operation at Khatauli railway station,Muzaffarnagr,  U.P. where train accident took place,” confirmed NDRF in a tweet.

7:08 PM: At least 20 people have been injured, according to eyewitnesses. Meanwhile, DG (Meerut Zone) Prashant Kumar said the number of injured persons was yet to be ascertained, reported The Indian Express.

7:06 PM: Yogi Adityanath has called the accident a sad one. Here is what he said:

7:03 PM: ABP News is reporting that it is being believed that there could be a role of a terror outfit in the incident. The channel said that a team of ATS has already left for the spot.

7:01 PM: Efforts are being made to rescue the people who are still inside the coaches.

7:00 PM: The injured are being to nearby hospitals in Khatauli and Muzaffarnagar.

6:56 PM: Anil Saxena from Indian Railways has confirmed that 5 coaches have been derailed. However, news channels are reporting that the numbers are higher than that.

6:55 PM: In his third tweet, Prabhu wrote that he has instructed Chairman Railway Board, Member Traffic to oversee rescue and relief operations.I am personally monitoring situation

6:53 PM: In another tweet, he confirmed that medical vans have been rushed to the site. He said all efforts being taken to ensure speedy relief and rescue operations.

6:52 PM: Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu has responded to the accident. “I am personally monitoring situation.Hv instructed senior officers to reach site immediately and ensure speedy rescue and relief operations,” he said in a tweet.

6:50 PM: Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has enquired about the accident while NDRF teams have been mobilized for rescue operation at Khatauli railway station, reported News Nation.

6:47 PM: ABP News reports that not 6 but 10 coaches have been derailed. It also reported that at least 5 people are feared dead.

6:45 PM: Khatauli, where the incident took place, comes between Meerut and Muzaffarnagar.

6:44 PM: News Nation quoted Dinesh Kumar, DRM saying that accidental relief train will be dispatched from Ambala within 10 minutes.

6:40 PM: Here are more images of the accident:

6:38 PM: CNN-News 18 reports that rescue and relief operations are on while emergency services are on their way.

6:36 PM: Few coaches smashed into each other which means that a maximum number of casualties might be reported from these coaches.

6:34 PM: ABP News reports that one coach of the train even torn into a nearby house. There are chances that people living in that house might be injured.

6:32 PM: Here are the live visuals from the spot:

6:30 PM: It was reported that 6 coaches of the train were derailed.

6:25 PM: ABP News reported that at least 20 people have been reported injured so far.

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