Twelve coaches of the Howrah-New Delhi Poorva Express derailed near Kanpur on early hours of Saturday. The train which was travelling from Prayagraj to Delhi derailed at about 1 AM near Rooma village, about 15 kilometers from Kanpur. Of the 12 coaches, 10 carried passengers and the other two were the pantry and power car respectively. As of 8:00 AM Saturday, there have been no casualties. About 15 ambulances were rushed to the spot as the train derailed to take injured passengers to the hospital.
Additional Directorate General of Public Information, Smita Vats Sharma told ANI that an "Accident Relief Train" and medical equipment which was dispatched earlier has left the site with the 900 passengers who were on board. Rescue operation by a 45-member National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF) squad has been completed and final figures show that two passengers have sustained minor injuries and one grievous injury. The police are supervising the operations.
Speaking to ANI, Sharma added,"Trains have been evacuated and buses have been arranged to transport the passengers, Railway doctors and officials are on site."
The Allahabad zone's Divisional railway manager has issued a statement saying:
"Restoration of Up line (Howrah to Delhi) line will take time. At the time of restoration of Up line, Down line will also be closed. Evidences are being collected for investigation of cause of the incident."
In the wake of the derailment, one train has been cancelled and 11 have been diverted to another route. All long-distance trains running from towards Delhi from the east have been delayed.
This derailment has occurred just two weeks after 13 coaches of Chhapra-Surat Express had derailed in Bihar's Saran district on March 31. Six passengers had suffered minor injuries.