Manikpur , Nov 24: At least three commuters were killed and many injured after 13 coaches of the Vasco Da Gama-Patna express derailed on Friday morning near Manikpur in Uttar Pradesh.
The accident took place at the Manikpur station in Chitrakoot district at 4.18 a.m.
Railway Ministry spokesperson Anil Saxena told news agency IANS “Three people have died and about seven persons. All the injured were shifted to nearby hospitals for treatment.”
The 13 derailed coaches includes S3, S4, S5, S6, S7, S8, S9, S10, S11, two extra sleeper coaches and two general coaches.
Railway minister Piyush Goyal said in a tweet 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.
North Central Railway spokesperson Amit Malviya stated that train with the remaining passengers left for Patna at 7.25 a.m. from Manikpur.
The derailment occurred due to a fracture in the railway tracks.
Two of the deceased has been identified as Deepak Patel and his father Ram Swaroop from Betia, Bihar. The third person succumbed to his injuries later.
Railway Ministry has announced ex-gratia compensation of Rs 5 lakh each to family of dead, while Rs 1 lakh for those with serious injuries and Rs 50,000 for those injured.
However, this is an another example of poor infrastructure and inadequate maintenance which lead to train accident despite technological advancements.
The public transporter that carries over 23 million passengers on daily has witness a spate of attacks in the last four years.
Here, we have enlisted some of major train accidents in last five years :
Utkal Express derailment, Aug 18, 2017: At least 20 people were killed and 92 injured when 14 coaches of the Kalinga Utkal Express derailed in Muzaffarnagar district in Uttar Pradesh.
Mahakaushal Express derailment, March 30, 2017: A total of 52 passengers were injured when the Mahakaushal Express derailed in Uttar Pradesh. The train, which runs between Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh and Hazrat Nizamuddin in Delhi derailed near Kulpahar station.
Meerut-Lucknow Rajya Rani Express derailment, April 15, 2017: Ten people were injured when the express train derailed near Rampur in Uttar Pradesh. The derailment occurred near a bridge over the Koshi river.
Jagdalpur-Bhubaneswar Hirakhand Express derailment, Jan 22, 2017. 29 people were killed and 50 others wounded when the Jagdalpur-Bhubaneswar Hirakhand Express derailed in Andhra Pradesh’s Vizianagaram district.
Sealdah-Ajmer Express derailment, Dec 28, 2016: Two passengers were killed and over 65 injured when 15 coaches of Sealdah-Ajmer Express derailed near Rura, 50 km from Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh.
Patna-Indore Express derailment, Nov 20, 2016: 149 people were killed and over 300 injured when 14 coaches of Patna-Indore Express derailed near Pukhrayan station, close to Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh.
Mumbai-Varanasi Kamayani Express, August 4, 2015: 25 people were killed and 25 others injured as bogies of Mumbai-Varanasi Kamayani Express derailed and fell into Machak river in Harda district of Madhya Pradesh. Minutes later, the Janata Express also derailed at the same spot.
Dehradun-Varanasi Janata Express, March 20, 2015: 39 people were killed and 150 injured as Dehradun-Varanasi Janata Express derailed in Uttar Pradesh’s Rae Bareli.
Diva Junction-Sawantvadi passenger train, May 4, 2014: 20 passengers died and 100 others were injured as Diva Junction-Sawantvadi passenger train derailed between Nagothane and Roha stations in Raigad district of Maharashtra.
Gorakhdham Express , May 26, 2014: 25 people were killed and over 50 others injured when Gorakhpur-bound Gorakhdham Express rammed into a stationary goods train near Khalilabad station in Sant Kabir Nagar district of Uttar Pradesh.
Bangalore-Nanded Express, Dec 28, 2013: Twenty six people were lost their lives after a fire broke out in an AC 3-tier coach in the Bangalore-Nanded Express train in Anantpur district of Andhra Pradesh.