The accident occurred near the Sitapur railway station, located 80 kms away from Lucknow. Brijesh Singh, Government Railway Police (GRP) inspector said, "Rail tracks have been damaged. The operation to restore the affected route might end by today (Saturday) noon. Long-distance trains are being diverted through other routes. The exact cause behind the derailment is yet to be ascertained."
The goods train was carrying rice from Punjab and was on its way to Assam.