Patna-bound Vasco Da Gama Express derails in UP, three killed

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In yet another incident of train derailment, three persons were killed and 9 people injured as 13 coaches of Vasco Da Gama-Patna Express on Friday derailed in Uttar Pradesh's Manikpur at 4:18 AM, according to reports.

In the aftermath of the derailment, movement of trains was disrupted on the Patna-Allahabad route for several hours. Three passengers died and nine were injured in the train accident. The mishap occurred near Manikpur Railway Station in Chitrakoot, UP.

"A probe has been ordered into the incident", the official said. "He had instructed the railway board chairman to rush to the spot", he told reporters. Chief public relation officer (North Central Railways) Gaurav Krishna Bansal said, "Eight of the injured persons are now stable".

Anil Saxena, Railway spokesperson said in a statement, "Patients have been admitted to Manikpur and Chitrakoot Hospital and Railway Minister Piyush Goyal has been closely monitoring the situation". On Saturday, railway authorities shifted one of the seriously injured passengers, Arvind Kumar, to Lucknow's Sahara Hospital for treatment. The railway issued a helpline no 0532-1072. My deep condolences to the families of the deceased.




Since Piyush Goyal took the office from former railway minister Suresh Prabhu, there has been no decrease in the rail tragedies.

Senior railway ministry officials along with National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and a medical train carried out rescue operations and provided support to victims.

193 people have died in train derailments in 2016-17 (the actual number is much higher as the data is till March 2017) but the focus is on bullet trains rather than fixing the existing trains and the tracks they run on. The locomotive had hit a dumper which was trespassing the railway track between the Pata and Achalda stations in Uttar Pradesh.

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