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Kanpur train tragedy: Death toll rises to 68

SNS | New Delhi |

At least 68 people were killed when 14 coaches of the Patna-Indore Express derailed near Kanpur Dehat district at 3 am on Sunday.

“68 killed in Indore-Patna Express derailment,” DM of Kanpur Dehat, Ravikant Singh said.

The accident took place at around 3 am near Pukhraya station in Kanpur. “Several people have been rushed to nearby hospitals with injuries, and the casualties may go up,” Railways Ministry spokesperson Anil Saxena said.

According to some reports, the accident was caused by a rail fracture, however, the exact reason would be known only after an inquiry.

Meanwhile, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has announced Rs.3.5 lakh exgratia for those killed in derailment and Rs.50,000 for those grievously injured.

“Commissioner, Railway Safety, will inquire into reasons behind derailment of Indore-Patna Express,” Prabhu said.