Fatehpur derailment

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Fatehpur derailment
Details
Date 10 July 2011
Time 12:20 IST (UTC+05:30)
Location Fatehpur, Uttar Pradesh, India
Country India
Rail line Howrah–Delhi main line
Operator Indian Railways
Type of incident Derailment
Statistics
Trains 1
Deaths 70
Injuries 300+
Damage 15 coaches derailed.

The Fatehpur derailment was the derailment of the train Kalka Mail near Fatehpur, Uttar Pradesh, India on Sunday, 10 July 2011. Seventy people were killed and more than 300 injured in the accident.[1] The cause of the accident is not yet known, however, sources state that the train derailed following the sudden use of the emergency brake.[2]

Overview[edit]

The accident occurred at 12:20, when the 15 coaches of Howrah-Kalka Mail derailed near Malwan.[3] The train had left Howrah and was heading towards old Delhi when the incident happened.[3] The number of passengers on board was not immediately known, though initial reports said that up to a thousand people were on the train at the time.[4]

The train was travelling at the speed of 108 km/h on the Howrah - New Delhi Line when it derailed.[3]

Fire and sparks were reported in the AC compartments of the train.[2] The coaches were being cut with gas cutters and more than 200 policemen were involved in conducting rescue operations.[5]

Rescue[edit]

The Indian Army deployed 100 soldiers to the accident site, and two rescue trains from Kanpur and Allahabad also went to the location.[6]

As per ToI report dated 05-08-2011; it was a fault in the rail track that derailed the Delhi-bound Howrah-Kalka Mail on July 10, where 70 people were killed.

The inquiry conducted by chief commissioner of railway safety in its preliminary report revealed that the cause of the accident was ``failure of equipment -permanent way", or a breakage in the rail track.

References[edit]

  1. ^ indianexpress.com (July 12, 2011). "Toll climbs to 70, 300 injured". Retrieved July 29, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Kalka Train Accident by OneIndia". OneIndia. Retrieved 10 July 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c "Times of India - Kalka Accident". The Times of India. 10 July 2011. Retrieved 10 July 2011. 
  4. ^ "India: Train crash in Uttar Pradesh kills dozens". BBC News Online. 10 July 2011. Archived from the original on 10 July 2011. Retrieved 11 July 2011. 
  5. ^ "CNBC TV 18 Report on Kalka Accident". CNBC TV 18. Retrieved 10 July 2011. 
  6. ^ "Kalka Derailment by News Worms". News Worms. 10 July 2011. Retrieved 10 July 2011. 

Coordinates: 25°55′12″N 80°47′45″E / 25.92000°N 80.79583°E / 25.92000; 80.79583