22 dead as Dehradun-Varanasi Janata Express derails at Rae Bareli

Lucknow(Indilens web team): According to reports on Friday, Dehradun-Varanasi Janata Express, en-route to Varanasi, derailed at Bachrawana, Rae Bareli in UP. Engine and two bogies derailed as breaks failed to deploy in time, says Railways.

Unconfirmed reports say around 35 might have died in the accident.
Unconfirmed reports say around 35 might have died in the accident.

So far, with conflicting reports, at least 15 casualties feared and over 150 injuries are reported. Evacuation is underway and hospitals in Lucknow are put up on high alert.

14:44 IST Friday, 20 March 2015
Toll in UP train accident mounts to 22: Divisional Commissioner Mahesh Gupta.

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Engine & 2 bogies of Dehradun-Varanasi Janta Exp derails in Bachhrawan, brakes failed to deploy in time: Railways

14:40 IST Friday, 20 March 2015
Dehradun-Varanasi Janata Express driver Prashasat Mishra, assistant driver Subodh, and guard Anil Gupta are injured.

13:16 IST Friday, 20 March 2015
“There could be more casualties in the mishap,” Divisional Commissioner, Lucknow, Mahesh Gupta told PTI. The accident occurred around 9.30 AM near Bachhrawan Railway station, about 50 km from state capital, Lucknow.

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Terrible accident, we have seen 8-10 bodies been taken away until now: Eye witness at accident spot, Bachhrawan

12:42 IST Friday, 20 March 2015
Rescue teams from Lucknow and Rae Bareli have rushed to the spot and cranes have been deployed to lift the bogies. The seriously injured would be sent to King George Medical University and Sanjay Gandhi Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences — both in Lucknow.

12:36 IST Friday, 20 March 2015
Toll in UP train accident mounts to 15, confirms Divisional Commissioner Mahesh Gupta.

12:24 IST Friday, 20 March 2015
Senior officials have reached the spot, Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu is also monitoring the situation, said Railboard PRO Anil Saxena. MoS for Railways Manoj Sinha will reach the site by 2 pm.

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Relief van is on its way, whn we hv more info will let you know: Manoj Sinha (MoS Railways) on Janta Exp derailed

11:59 IST Friday, 20 March 2015

Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha will visit the accident site. Authorities have provided help-line numbers at Rae Bareli 0535-2211224, 0135-2624002, 0135-2622131

11:33 IST Friday, 20 March 2015
Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha said relief van is on it’s way to help the affected. He refrained from commenting further.

11:15 IST Friday, 20 March 2015
Uttar Pradesh CM Akhilesh Yadav has announced compensation of Rs 2 Lakh for next of kins of the dead passengers and Rs 50,000 for the injured.

(with agency inputs)