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Vasco Da Gama-Patna Express derailment LIVE updates: Of deceased, 2 identified as father-son duo from Bihar

NEW DELHI:  Thirteen coaches of the Vasco Da Gama-Patna Express derailed near Manikpur, in Chitrakoot district, Uttar Pradesh. At least nine people have been injured, and three others have died. While a father-son duo from Betia district, Bihar died on the spot, the third person succumbed to injuries at the local hospital. Railway Board chairman, Ashwani Lohani has rushed to the site. Railway Minister Piyush Goyal condoled the death of the passengers and order a probe into the accident. “Immediate rescue and relief operations started and an inquiry ordered into the derailment of Vasco Da Gama-Patna Express at Manikpur, UP. My sincere condolences to the families of the deceased,” Mr Goyal said in a tweet. The train, going towards Patna derailed at 04:18 AM, near the Manikpur railway station.

Lucknow/New Delhi: At least three people were dead and nine left injured after thirteen coaches of the Vasco Da Gama-Patna express jumped the rails near Manikpur railway station in Uttar Pradesh on Friday.

Confirming the casualties, Chitrakoot SP Pratap Gopendra Singh said a father-son duo from Bettiah district of Bihar died on the spot while the third person died at a hospital.

“Of those injured, two were serious and admitted to district hospital, Chitrakoot. Seven with minor injuries are being treated at Manikpur,” Singh said.

The Patna-bound Vasco Da Gama Express (12741) derailed at 4:18am, soon after leaving platform number 2 of the Manikpur railway station in Chitrakoot district, about 250 km from Lucknow, he said.

According to ADG (Law and Order), Anand Kumar, prima facie it appears that fractured railway track is the cause of accident as per local assessment.

Providing a breakup of the derailed coaches, North Central Railway PRO Amit Malviya said, the coaches which jumped off the rails were S3-S11, two general coaches and two extra coaches.

“The injured have been rushed to the hospital and officials have left for the spot. Relief operations are underway,” North Central Railway PRO Amit Malviya said.

He further said that soon after the accident, a medical train reached the spot and by 5:20am, an accident relief train was dispatched for the spot.

The divisional railway manager (DRM), Allahabad has already reached the spot while the General Manager, NCR is on his way, he said. In the aftermath of the derailment, movement of trains was disrupted on the Patna-Allahabad route.

The train derailment in Chitrakoot comes less than 12 hours after a bolero had collided with a passenger train near Lucknow killing four and injuring two.

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