Vasco Da Gama-Patna Express derails; Railway Minister Piyush Goyal announces Rs 5 lakh ex-gratia

By: | Updated: November 24, 2017 10:35 AM

A six-year-old boy and his father were among three passengers killed and nine others injured after 13 coaches of the Vasco Da Gama-Patna Express derailed near Manikpur Railway Station in Uttar Pradesh today.

Vasco Da Gama-Patna Express, Vasco Da Gama-Patna Express derails, Piyush Goyal, Railway Ministry, train derailment today, vasco da gama express routeRailway Minister Piyush Goyal expressed grief over the accident and extended his condolences to the families of the deceased.

A six-year-old boy and his father were among three passengers killed and nine others injured after 13 coaches of the Vasco Da Gama-Patna Express derailed near Manikpur Railway Station in Uttar Pradesh today. The Patna-bound Vasco Da Gama Express (12741) derailed at 4:18 am, soon after leaving platform number 2 of the Manikpur Railway Station in Chitrakoot district, about 250 km from Lucknow. According to ADG (Law and Order), Anand Kumar, prima facie a fractured track led to the accident. Railway Minister Piyush Goyal expressed grief over the accident and announced compensation for the families of those killed in the accident. He has also ordered an inquiry by the Commissioner Railway Safety and directed Chairman Railway Board Ashwani Lohani, who is in the state, to rush to the site. “Immediate rescue and relief operations started and an inquiry ordered into the derailment of Vasco De Gama-Patna Express at Manikpur, UP. My sincere condolences to the families of the deceased”, Goyal tweeted. Chitrakoot SP Pratap Gopendra Singh said a father-son duo from Bettiah district of Bihar died on the spot while the third passenger died at a hospital. “Of those injured, two were serious and admitted to district hospital, Chitrakoot. Seven with minor injuries are being treated at Manikpur,” Singh said.

North Central Railway PRO Amit Malviya said the coaches which jumped off the tracks were S3 to S11, two general coaches and two extra coaches. “The injured have been rushed to the hospital and officials have left for the spot. Relief operations are underway,” Malviya said. He said that soon after the accident, a medical train reached the spot and by 5:20 am, an accident relief train was dispatched for the spot.

Railway spokesperson Anil Saxena told PTI that the affected route has now been cleared for traffic. There have been train derailments this year. In August this year, 23 passengers were killed and 150 injured when the Utkal Kalinga Express derailed in Uttar Pradesh.

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