Vasco Da Gama-Patna Express derailment: Why is Railways helpless on safety?


At least three passengers were killed and nine injured after 13 coaches of the Patna-bound 12741 Vasco Da Gama-Patna Express jumped the rails near Manikpur Railway Station in the early hours today. "My honest condolences to the families of the deceased", Mr Goyal said in a tweet. He also ordered an enquiry by the commissioner of railway safety.

India woke up with a sad news of a major train accident in which 13 coaches of the Vasco Da Gama-Patna Express derailed in Chitrakoot district, Uttar Pradesh, resulting death of 3 passengers and many injured.

Chitrakoot Superintendent of Police Pratap Gopendra Singh said a man and his six-year-old son from Bettiah district of Bihar died on the spot while the third person died at a hospital. Adityanath also declared Rs 50,000 to each of the seriously injured and Rs 25,000 to those who suffered minor injuries in the mishap, an official release said. At 7.19 pm on Thursday, a local train hit a Bolero at an unmanned level crossing near Amethi in Uttar Pradesh, killing four people and injuring two at Matha Bhusunda village, an official said.

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"We have set up helpline numbers, rescue and relief operations are underway", Indian Railways PRO Anil Saxena said. The injured in the train were rushed to the hospital, and relief operations came underway; a special train has been organised to take the passengers to their final destination, Patna.

A medical train has arrived from Allahabad.

Around three people died and another seven people injured.