Lucknow, May 25 ) Two people were killed and over 100 others injured when eight coaches of the Ranchi-Jammu Tawi Muri Express derailed in Uttar Pradesh’s Kaushambi district on Monday, officials said. Over a dozen trains were diverted, cancelled or terminated midway following the derailment.
The accident occurred between Sirathu and Athsarai railway stations in the Allahabad-Kanpur sector of the rail zone, 173 km from state capital Lucknow.
The state government has announced a compensation of Rs.2 lakh to the families of each of those who died.
The office of the chief secretary said health department officials have been asked to ensure prompt relief and rescue operations.
Chief Secretary Alok Ranjan was personally monitoring the situation, said a home department official.
Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, who is in France on a four-day visit, has been apprised of the accident.