Utkal Express derails in Muzaffarnagar; many reported dead, several injured

- Fourteen coaches of Puri-Haridwar-Kalinga Utkal Express derailed in Muzaffarnagar's Khatauli area.

Several passengers were feared to be dead. Local administration officials have reached the spot and rescue operations are underway, officials in Delhi said.

The Express train, coming from Puri, was expected to reach Haridwar at 9 pm.

According to reports, Five persons were killed and over 4o passengers were injured in the accident.

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath immediately spoke to the principal secretary (Home) Arvind Kumar and the District Magistrate of Muzaffarnagar and asked them to ensure that the rescue missions at Khatauli are done promptly.

The numbers are: 0131-2436918, 0131-2436103 and 0131- 2436564.

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik expressed his concern over the tragic incident and directed the commerce and transport department to work in coordination with the Railway department in rescue operation.

In a series of tweets, Mr Prabhu said, he is personally monitoring the situation. "At this stage nothing can be said about the cause of accident", Railways spokesperson Anil Saxena said. He also announced Rs 25,000 for passengers with minor injuries. Rail Minister Suresh Prabhu has ordered an enquiry into the incident.

"I am personally monitoring the situation. Strict action will be taken against any lapse", he said. As of now, it's not clear how the accident happened.

"Two of the ministers of the Uttar Pradesh Government, Satish Mahana and Suresh Kumar Rana have been sent to the accident spot".

The Minister said, he has instructed Railway Board Chairman and Member Traffic to oversee rescue and relief operations.