Lucknow: Seven coaches of the Howrah-Jabalpur Shaktikunj Express on Thursday derailed near Obra in Sonbhadra district in Uttar Pradesh, according to reports.
No reports of casualties so far, a Railway spokesperson was quoted as saying by news agency. This is the third such derailment in the state in less than a month. Railway Minister Piyush Goyal has been briefed about the incident. All stranded passengers have been shifted to non-derailed coaches of the train, reports say.
“The accident occurred at around 6:25 AM and we have already cleared out the site,” Railway ministry spokesperson Anil Saxena said. “All passengers were put on the remaining coaches and by 7:28 AM all of them had left the spot. All of them are safe and no one was injured in the accident,” he said. It has been learnt that the train was running at a speed of about 40 km/hr which, officials say prevented any injuries when the incident occurred.
Piyush Goyal had taken charge as the new Railway minister on September 4 following Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s cabinet reshuffle. Former Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu had taken the “moral responsibility” for a recent spate of train accidents and even offered to step down after two train accidents in Uttar Pradesh last month, which were followed by two other derailments.
On August 19, the Utkal Express had derailed in Muzaffarnagar district, killing 22 people and injuring 156. About 100 passengers were wounded when 10 coaches of Kaifiyat Express train derailed after crashing into a dumper which strayed on to the tracks in Auraiya district on August 23.