Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu tweeted about the accident saying, "A dumper hit the locomotive of the Kaifiyat Express, resulting in derailment of coaches". At the time of filing this report, a team of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) was heading towards the accident spot. "No news of deaths", said Anil Saxena, DG PRO, Railways.
The engine and nine coaches of Kaifiyat Express derailed near Auraiyya district of Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday. At least 50 passengers were injured and have been rushed to the hospital, said M C Chauhan, General Manager, NCR.
The train travelling from Azamgarh to Delhi collided with a dumper at around 2:50 am between Pata and Achalda railway stations in Auraiya district, a spokesperson for the North Central Railway said.
"New Delhi-bound Rajdhani trains originating from Howrah, Rajendra Nagar (Patna) and Bhubaneswar, besides the Garibrath from Ranchi, have been run via Lucknow-Moradabad", he added.
The accident occurred at around 2.40 am when the train collided with a dumper.
The district magistrate of Auraiya confirmed the number of injured people.
It is the second train accident in just 4 days.
The official said work was underway to fix the tracks and clear the important Delhi-Howrah route from which hundreds of trains pass every day.
Authorities have initiated relief and rescue operations.
At least 74 people were injured after a passenger train derailed early Wednesday in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, officials said.
"Seven trains have been cancelled and five have been diverted", an official told IANS.