Patna, Nov 20: Condolences have started to pour in after the tragic incident in which 91 persons were killed following the derailing of the Patna-Indore Express early this morning in Uttar Pradesh.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar described it as very painful news. He said,'' Deeply pained by the loss of lives caused due to Patna-Indore exp train derailment;my thoughts with bereaved families''.
At least 91 people were killed when 14 coaches of the Indore-Patna Express train derailed near Pukhrayan area in Kanpur Dehat district. The incident took place at around 3 am near Pukhrayan.
The S2 coach of the train was severely damaged. Four AC coaches have also been derailed. However, the cause of the accident was not known immediately.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that the National Disaster Response Force has been also been sent in.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav tweeted that he had asked neighbouring district officials to pool in resources for quicker relief operations
Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu tweeted about the accident saying an inquiry had been ordered into the incident and announced compensation for the victims.
Railways Ministry spokesperson Anil Saxena said several people have been rushed to nearby hospitals with injuries, and the casualties may go up. Accident relief train was rushed to the spot, he said.