Accidents

Utkal Express mishap: Negligence, ground-level lapses caused 6 train derailments in 9 months

Thirteen coaches of Puri-Haridwar Kalinga Utkal Express train went off-track as carriages slammed into each other at Khatauli near Muzzafarnagar in western Uttar Pradesh on Saturday evening, killing 23 and injuring 156 people. The railway officials announced a compensation of Rs 3.5 lakh to the family of those killed and Rs 50,000 for those seriously injured. A desperate search for survivors is underway. Though stern action has been taken against eight officials with immediate effect, the cause of the accident is yet to be ascertained.