Twin train accidents in MP claim lives of 12 people
Mumbai-Varanasi Kamayani Express & Jabalpur-Mumbai Janata Express derail Kudwa Railway Station
Seven coaches of the Mumbai-Varanasi Kamayani Express derailed around 11:30 pm while crossing the bridge over the Machak river, near the Kudawa railway station, around 25 kilometres from Harda. Minutes later, three coaches and the engine of the Jabalpur-Mumbai Janata Express, which was travelling in the opposite direction, derailed.” According to reports, there was a possible burst in a nearby dam which caused sudden flow of water on the tracks and that resulted in the derailment,” Railway Board Chairman AK Mittal told PTI.
Ministry of Railways says flooding of track caused derailment
Railways has said that the sudden flow of water on the tracks caused the derailment of the two trains while they were crossing the swollen Machak river near Harda in Madhya Pradesh. Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu said in a tweet that he has ordered for the rushing emergency medical and other relief personnel to spot.
He also said that rescue and relief operations are being hampered by darkness and the swirling waters of the river, but added that all possible help is being provided for the affected.
West Central Railway spokesman Piyush Mathur said several hundred people have been rescued after the trains derailed within minutes of each other near the town of Harda at about 11.30pm on Tuesday.
Police and doctors have been deployed to the accident site, with television footage showing medical supplies being piled on a nearby station platform and rescuers combing through tilted carriages.