Indore-Patna express train derails in Kanpur; death toll crosses over 100
At least 100 people were killed and about 226 injured, 76 of them seriously, on Sunday when 14 coaches of the Indore-Patna express train derailed near Pukhrayan area in Kanpur’s Dehat district. Railways officials say the number of casualties could rise.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the loss of lives in the train tragedy. “Anguished beyond words on the loss of lives due to the derailing of the Patna-Indore express. My thoughts are with the bereaved families,” he said in a tweet.
Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu has ordered a probe into the tragedy and announced Rs 3.5 lakh ex-gratia for the families of those killed and Rs. 50,000 for those grievously injured.
Stranded passengers have been moved from the accident site to Malasa station.
A special train from Malasa has been arranged.