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23 killed, over 40 injured after 14 coaches of Utkal Express derail in UP’s Khatauli

23 killed, over 40 injured after 14 coaches of Utkal Express derail in UP's Khatauli

Lucknow: At least 23 people were killed and more than 40 others injured when 14 coaches of Puri-Haridwar-Kalinga Utkal Express derailed in Khatauli in Uttar Pradesh’s Muzaffarnagar district on Saturday, officials said. Confirming the toll, the UP Police said that 23 people were killed and more than 40 others were injured.  Thirty ambulances have reached the spot to help the injured, ADG Law and Order Anand Kumar said.

 Indian Railways spokesman Anil Saxena said resources were being mobilised for the rescue and relief operations. “14 coaches got derailed. At this stage nothing can be said about the cause of accident,” Saxena added. The injured were shifted to a local hospital. Meanwhile, officials of the local administration have reached the site to coordinate rescue and relief works. Two teams of the National Disaster Response Forces (NDRF), comprising 45 personnel each, were also mobilized for the purpose.

Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has announced an ex-gratia of Rs 3.5 lakh for the next of kin of those killed, Rs 50,000 for the seriously injured and Rs 25,000 for people with minor injuries. The minister has instructed the senior officers to reach the site and ensure speedy rescue and relief works. He also asked the chairman of the Railway Board to oversee the operations. “All efforts are being taken to ensure speedy relief and rescue operations,” ANI quoted the railway minister as saying.

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