Fatehpur: The death toll in Sunday's derailment of Delhi-bound Kalka Mail here rose to 68 on Monday with rescuers pulling out 30 more bodies, including that of two Swedish nationals, from the mangled compartments of the ill-fated train.

259 people were injured in the incident and they have admitted to various hospitals in this district in Uttar Pradesh and in Kanpur even as rescuers pulled out more people from the train.

"68 bodies have been recovered so far. 259 people are undergoing treatment at a hospital here," Fatehpur Superintendent of Police Ram Bharose said. The deceased include 14 women.

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Bharose said the deceased Swedish national has been identified as Wick from the statement of his injured compatriot Oscar, who was also travelling with him.

There is one more passenger from Sweden, who is reportedly missing, the SP said, quoting Oscar.

The derailment took place at 12.20 PM on Sunday when the packed train from Howrah reached near Malwa station, nearly 120 kms from Lucknow. The train was moving at a  speed of 108 km/hour.

Rescue operations continued throughout the night to extricate the trapped passengers and bodies from the damaged AC and other compartments.

"By tomorrow morning, the Howrah-Delhi route should be cleared off," Railway Board Chairman Vinay Mittal said, adding that an inquiry by the Chief Commissioner of Railway Safety (Lucknow) Prashant Kumar has been ordered.

Mittal said there was no fault in the track and the cabinman had told him that when the train was close to pole number 927/23, its engine started shaking and emitting smoke,
soon after which the mishap took place.
Out of the 53 bodies, 21 have been identified, Bharose said.

According to preliminary investigations, the signals were functioning normally and the fish plates on the tracks were intact, Mittal said.

While some of the bogies had toppled, others were turned into a mangled heap of metal. Gas cutters and other equipment were used to slice through the metal in the AC and other coaches to rescue the trapped passengers.

On July 7, the Mathura-Chhapra Express had rammed into a bus carrying a marriage party at the Adhurpur unmanned railway crossing Kanshiram Nagar, about 250 km from Lucknow,
leaving 38 bus passengers dead.

167 passengers reach Delhi

It was a train journey that these passengers would certainly want to forget but the memories of them getting trapped inside the ill-fated Kalka Mail and others screaming for help would linger on through their life time.

Some 167 passengers, who survived the derailment of the Delhi-bound express train on Sunday, arrived here on Monday with horror tales to narrate to their relatives and media persons who were waiting for them at the Delhi railway station .They came here by a special train from Uttar Pradesh.

Terrified and shocked, the passengers thanked god and recounted memories of Sunday's accident which killed over 50 people and injured 150 others.

"I am thankful to God for keeping me alive today. If I am talking today, it is only because of him," was all Dilip, an injured passenger, could say after his arrival here.

Dilip along with Badal, Sanjay and Susan were travelling in the general compartment of the Delhi-bound train. Dilip's head banged against the window of the coach due to the sudden impact of the accident near Malwa station in Uttar Pradesh.

"I could not realise what happened at first but after a few minutes we realised the gravity of the situation," Badal who also received minor injury said.

"We wriggled to safety through the windows as there was no other way to escape. It was a miraculous escape because and we saw dead bodies all around," Badal said.

Helpline Numbers:


Allahabad: 0532-2408128, 0532-2407353

Kanpur: 0512-2323015

Kurja: 05732-253084185

Aligarh: o571-2403055-56

Chunar: 05443-222137

 

(JPN/ Agencies)