At least 15 passengers were injured when eight coaches of the Rajya Rani Express derailed near Rampur in Uttar Pradesh this morning.
According to a senior railway official, the train bound to Lucknow from Meerut derailed around 8.15 am between Mundapandey and Rampur near a bridge over the Kosi river.
Railways issues helpline for victims and families of the train derailment: 0121-6401215
The injured persons were rushed to a nearby hospital. At least 25 trains were affected due to the accident at the Meerut-Bareilly section.
Meanwhile, Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu has ordered an enquiry into the incident.
"Strict action will be taken against any lapse," he said.
"Personally monitoring the situation. Directed senior officers to rush to the spot. Ensure speedy relief and rescue operations," Prabhu tweeted.
On the other hand, UP Chief Minister Adityanath Yogi has announced Rs 50,000 compensation to those seriously injured in the accident and Rs 25,000 for passengers with minor injuries.
At least 149 passengers died and over 300 injured when 14 coaches of the Patna-Indore Express derailed near Kanpur on November 20 last year.
In January this year, 32 persons died and over 50 injured when Hirakhand Express derailed near Vizianagaram in Andhra Pradesh and 13 passengers were injured in March when eight coaches of the Mahakaushal express derailed in Uttar Pradesh's Mahoba district.