2 killed, 40 injured as Sealdah-Ajmer express derails near Kanpur

Kanpur, Dec 28, 2016: At least 2 passengers were killed and 40 others injured on early Wednesday morning when 14 coaches of the Sealdah-Ajmer express train derailed Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh, Railway officials said.

In dense morning fog, the coaches went off the track when the train was crossing a bridge over a dry canal, nearly 70 km from Kanpur.

The accident took place near Rura in Kanpur at around 6 pm, the official said.

Senior railway, district and police officials have rushed to the accident site for rescue and relief operations.

Meanwhile, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu in a series of tweets said:

He also said:

This is a second rail accident in the region. In November, 127 passengers were killed in their sleep and nearly 200 injured after the Indore-Patna Express train slid off track near Kanpur.

Read More: Over 125 killed, 200 injured in Indore-Patna express train derailment

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UPCC president Ajay Kumar Lallu, meanwhile, accused the police of trying to implicate one of its party leaders from Amethi in the case. Lallu said that the incident proved, once again, that 'jungle raj' was prevailing in Uttara Pradesh.