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Utkal Express derailment: Five passengers from Odisha injured

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Bhubaneswar: Five passengers from Odisha were injured in the Utkal Express derailment near Khatauli in Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh last evening.

The five injured persons were identified as Madho Mandal, Sabita Mallick, Amay Das, Debendra Das, Yatri Das.

Out of five, three have been discharged from the hospital following treatment. Two others are undergoing treatment. However, no casuality was reported so far.

5 persons, 4 male n 1 female have received minor injuries. 3 of them were discharged after first aid. The other 2 are still hospitalised but no casualties reported as yet. Team of officers from CRC office are camping at Muzzafarnagar. They have given 5000 to each injured Passenger for meeting their immediate requirements. In addition we have provided them other necessary support. Will bring them to Delhi n send them to Odisha at the earliest, informed Odisha Special Relief Commissioner on Facebook.

Taking to microblogging site Twitter, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik wrote, “My officials met all 5 injured #Utkal Express passengers from #Odisha & extended support; they are stable & I pray for their early recovery.”

They were among 99 passengers from Odisha who boarded on Utkal Express on August 17.

Total 21 passengers were killed, 130 were injured in the accident. There were 99 passengers from Odisha, out of which 72 had boarded from Puri. No passenger from Odisha has been identified among the dead persons so far, said East Coast Railway PRO Nirakar Das here this morning.

“We are in contact with the northern railway. We have cancelled four trains in Odisha and six more trains were diverted following the accident. The situation will be normal today,” he said.

On the other hand, Odisha government has sent a medical team to Uttar Pradesh for treatment of the passengers injured in the tragic mishap. The team included Surgery specialist Dr Niranjan Mishra, Orthopedic specialist Dr Kanhei Mohapatra, Medicine specialist Dr Rajeev Jena and pharmacist Kedar Jena.

The team left for New Delhi this morning and reached Meerut hospital in Uttar Pradesh from where they moved toward Muzaffarnagar.

Meanwhile, a 5-member BJD team led by Odisha Transport Minister Nrushingha Sahoo along with Health Minister Pratap Jena will visit the accident site in Muzaffarnagar to assess the situation.

The track repairing work is underway on war footing level. The rescue operation has been completed.

According to reports, 14 bogies were derailed near Khatauli station, barely 100 kilometers from the national capital, New Delhi. The death toll is likely to go up further.

The incident took place at around 5.50 pm on Friday while the train was on its way to Haridwar. The impact of the accident was so severe that one of the coaches could be seen mounted on another while another coach had crashed into the Chowdhary Tilakram Inter College along the tracks. The injured passengers have been rushed to different hospitals.