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Posted On : 20 Aug, 2017  Source : PTI  Place : Muzaffarnagar 
Utkal Express derailment: Trains on Meerut line cancelled or diverted till 6 PM
Trains passing through the Meerut line of the Northern Railway have been either cancelled or diverted till 6 pm today, in the wake of the tragic accident at Khatauli in Uttar Pradesh, a senior railway official said.

The sleepy town of Khatauli, about 100 kms from Delhi, became the epicentre of rescue operations yesterday after 13 bogies of the Puri-Haridwar Kalinga Utkal Express derailed near its station, killing at least 22 people.

"All services on Meerut line, on which the Khatauli falls, have been either cancelled or diverted through other routes till 6 PM, as the tracks are yet to be cleared of mangled train coaches," DRM of the Delhi Division, R N Singh told PTI.

Delhi Division falls under the Northern Railway Zone, which administers some of the busiest stations in the country.

"The train had 23 coaches out of which 13 had derailed.

It was running at a speed of about 100 kmph when the accident took place," he said.

Singh said the diverted trains would run through Shamli till the restoration work is over.

The train was coming from Puri in Odisha and going to Haridwar in Uttarakhand, normally a journey of about 36 hours.

The train suffered huge damage in the accident last evening at Khatauli, around 40 km from Muzaffarnagar, which Singh described as "very grave".

The derailment had such a massive impact that the train's one of the sleeper coaches climbed onto another, while its other end rammed into a house, shattering its facade, and leaving its occupants terrified.

Two of the sleeper coaches overturned, with one of them hitting the facade of a local college here.

Bodies of two men and as many women were pulled out by the NDRF team, which worked from nearly 9 pm last night till 3 AM, to rescue survivors or extricate bodies with due dignity.

Asked about the allegation made by several locals and some passengers that "maintenance work" was underway when the accident happened, the DRM said, "It was just some routine work. And, the railway minister has already ordered an inquiry. So, let the report come, I cannot say, anything more on that."

The injured have been taken to hospitals in Muzaffarnagar and Meerut and both the railway and the local administration has issued helplines.

Meanwhile, the railways also issued following helpline numbers:

Delhi

01123962389/01123967332

New Delhi

01123342954/01123341074

Nizamuddin

01124239748

Ghaziabad

09412715210

Muzaffarnagar

0131-2433099

Moradabad



05912420324

Roorkee



09760534056

Haridwar

09760534054/01334227477/01334227479/01334227480

The railways has also issued following helpine numbers in Jhansi Division:

Jhansi



0510-1072,2440787,2440790

Gwalior



0751-1072,2432797,2432849

Morena



07532-226392

Babina



0510,2740027

Lalitpur



05176-277283

Banda



05192-227543,227634

Dabra



07524-224433

Datia



9794825413
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