October 18, 2017

Utkal Express derails: 23 dead in Uttar Pradesh rail accident; three trains cancelled, six rerouted

Fourteen coaches of the high-speed Utkal Express jumped the rails, with one of them crashing into a house adjacent to the track near Khatauli in Uttar Pradesh on Saturday evening, killing at least 23 people and leaving several others injured.

The accident occurred around 5.45 pm near Khatauli town, 40 km off Muzaffarnagar, leaving 23 people dead, the Uttar Pradesh police said.

Deepak Agarwal, Commissioner, Saharanpur Division and District Magistrate, Muzaffarnagar, GS Priyadarshi said the official figure of bodies in the mortuary was 21, while another body, of a woman, was being pulled out.

Railway ministry officials in Delhi, however, put the number of dead at 12 and the injured around 75.

Two of the deceased have been identified as residents of Saharanpur, the district magistrate said. Priyadarshi said 90 people were injured in the accident and most of them have been admitted at district hospital, Muzaffarnagar. Some others were taken to Muzaffarnagar Medical College and Meerut Medical College, he added.

District authorities have also issued three helpline numbers: 0131-2436103/2436918/2436564.

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