Three killed as train derails in UP

Two derailments in one day

GN Bureau | November 24, 2017


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Three passengers were killed and around a dozen sustained grievous injuries after nine coaches of Vasco Da Gama-Patna express derailed near Manikpur railway station in Uttar Pradesh on Friday morning.

Similarly, 14 wagons of a goods train also jumped off the track near Cuttack in Odisha. 
 
Ministry of railways has announced Rs 5 lakh for the family of the dead and Rs 1 lakh for the injured for Vasco Da Gama accident. 
 
Sources said railway board chairman Ashwani Lohani has ordered a probe to ascertain the reasons behind the incident. 
 
The Manikpur derailment comes less than 12 hours after a jeep collided with a passenger train near Lucknow in which four persons were killed on Thursday.
 
The derailments have once again exposed the negligence of the railways in ensuring maintenance of the tracks. 
 
Railway minister Piyush Goyal had earlier asked the officials concerned to ensure regular maintenance and inspections of the tracks in their respective zones and avoid running trains at high speed during foggy weather.
 

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