Fourteen coaches of the Indore Patna Express derails, killing more than 100 and many are feared fractured and trapped. This accident took place at Pukhrayan in Kanpur Dehat district of Uttar Pradesh early Sunday morning claiming massive loss of life. The tragedy has been termed as one of the deadliest train accidents in six years. The train was packed with more than 2000 people and was running at the speed of 100km/hr when it flew off the tracks after being derailed. The coaches got derailed during pre-dawn at around 3:10 am.
According to Sunil K Pippa, one of the survivors who was travelling to Lucknow along with his brother Anil in coach B3, (the coach that was squeezed between the worst affected compartments S1 and S2) recalls the horrific incident as he narrates: “There was a strong jerk, after which the train stopped. It felt like something on the tracks, for example, a boulder, had been crushed, around 3 am, I felt another massive jerk. Our bogie seemed rise vertically,” he said. “The bogie almost stood upright. It was gut-churning. We felt that the coach would fall into a river”.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced compensation of ₹ 2 lakhs and Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu announced ₹ 3.5 lakh compensation to each of the families of the dead, along with other smaller amounts for the injured. Ministery of Railway tweeted the latest list of injured along with the hospitals they are admitted to: