36 injured as Mahakaushal Express derails in UP

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In yet another train derailment case, 36 people were injured out of which the condition of 10 was critical when 8 coaches of the Jabalpur-Nizamuddin Mahakaushal Express derailed in the wee hours of March 30.

The train was coming from Jabalpur city of Madhya Pradesh towards Delhi when its eight coaches derailed between Mahoba and Kulpahar railway stations.

The critically injured have been admitted to a private hospital in Mahoba.

A 47 member NDRF (National Disaster Response Force) team rushed to the spot to rescue people. They said that there were no casualties and the chances of people being trapped are minimal. The General manager of North Central Railways and other senior railway officials also rushed to the site of the accident.

Following the instructions of UP CM Yogi Adityanath, Health minister Sidharth Nath Singh rushed to the spot to personally oversee rescue operations.

“CM @myogiadityanath ji has deputed me to visit rail accident site Mohaba, leaving for airport,” he tweeted.

He also said that 30 doctors and 21 ambulances have been rushed to the accident site.

“The accident took place at around 2:20 a.m. When train no. 12189 Jabalpur-Nizamuddin Mahakaushal Express was near Kulapahar, its eight coaches were derailed. In these eight coaches, there were guard cum luggage coach, SLR coach, two ordinary second class coaches, four A/C coaches (A1, HA1, B1, B2) and one sleeper class S8, were affected,” said Anil Saxena, Director General Public Relations of Indian Railways.The driver of the train said that he felt a violent jerk when the train was running at 103 km per hour following which he applied the brakes and found that the coaches had derailed

The driver of the train said that he felt a violent jerk when the train was running at 103 km per hour following which he applied the brakes and found that the coaches had derailed.

Minister of State for Railways Manoj, Sinha said, “According to the Divisional Railway Manager, prima facie fresh weld failure on left side caused the derailment.”

Gaurav Singh, SP of Mahoba said that two helpline numbers-05101072 and 051921072 have been activated to help passengers and their families with the necessary information.

Railway minister Suresh Prabhu said that an investigation has been ordered to find out the reasons for the accident.

He has announced financial assistance of Rs.25,000 for those who suffered minor injuries and Rs.50,000 for those who suffered grievous injures. UP CM Yogi Adityanath announced the same amount to assistance to the victims as well.


Seven trains had to be diverted and seven others were cancelled because of the derailment.

Earlier, in January 2017, 41 passengers lost their lives when coaches of the Hirakhand express derailed in Andhra Pradesh.