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Utkal Express derailment fourth big train accident in past year, investigation begins

Utkal Express derailment fourth big train accident in past year, investigation begins

The Railways today put the death toll in the derailment of the Utkal Express near Khatauli in Uttar Pradesh at 21 and said 97 passengers were injured. The cause of the accident is not yet known.

At least three people from Odisha were reportedly hurt in the mishap out of total 96 persons injured. "Also, when we did a site inspection, we saw some equipment of the railways used for track fix present there", he said.

The railways also provides compensation under the Railway Act, 1989 to passengers who are victims of accidents. Prabhu said in a Tweet that restoration is the top priority of the Railways.

Local residents look for survivors on the wreckage of train carriages after an express train derailed near the town of Khatauli in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh on August 19, 2017.

Cutters and cranes have been requisitioned to cut the mangled remains of the coaches and rescue people from inside.

While officials still remain tight-lipped on the exact cause of the accident, a recent safety report from the Ministry of Railway states derailment tragedies could be traced back to the failure of Railway staff.

District officials conducting rescue operation on war footing.

A rescue train was despatched from Saharanpur to the site of the accident.

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The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) also rushed forces to join the rescue operation.

He also spoke to UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath about the situation.

Khatauli station falls between Meerut Cantonment and Muzaffarnagar stations, two designated stoppages of the train.

The first six months of 2017 saw as many as 20 derailments. In November, the Indore-Patna Express derailed near Kanpur, killing 150 passengers.

The Congress leader further added that the ruling BJP is not even learning anything from frequent rail accidents and demanded to strengthen the railways security.

Modi's government has pledged to invest $137 billion over five years to modernise the crumbling railways, making them safer, faster and more efficient.

Modi had summoned Prabhu to take updates on the Railways as the PMO was flooded with conflicting reports about the present scenario of the railways.