RURA (Kanpur Dehat): Over 60 passengers were injured – 25 of them critically – when 15 coaches of 12987 Sealdah-Ajmer Express were derailed near Rura railway station – 56 km from Kanpur – at 5.20 am on Wednesday.
Although the actual reason for the derailment – second in about a month near Kanpur – was not known immediately, railway officials said that low visibility due to fog could be a factor, reports The Times of India.
“Sealdah-Ajmer express derailed when it was crossing a bridge over a dry canal in the area,” Northern Central Railways PRO Amit Malviya said in an official statement.
As per reports, the first five and last three coaches were intact, but the 15 coaches in the middle were affected.
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Railway officials who had reached he spot refused to comment on the possible reason for the accident, but told TOI that they were trying to find out whether there was any crack in the track on the railway bridge in Rura where the accident took place.
On November 21, nearly 150 passengers were killed when Indore-Patna Express got derailed near Pukhrayan station on Jhansi-Kanpur rail segment. Rura is situated on the main Delhi-Kanpur-Howrah line, therefore, a large number of trains have either be diverted via Moradabad or cancelled.
Gomti Express from Lucknow to Delhi and Shatabdi Express from Kanpur to Delhi are on the list of cancelled trains.