New Delhi : Twelve coaches of the Howrah-New Delhi Poorva Express derailed near Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh early Saturday, injuring 15 people.
The train was going to New Delhi when the incident occurred near Rooma railway station — about 20 km from here — in Kanpur Nagar district around 12.50 am.
Four out of the 12 derailed Linke Hofmann Busch (LHB) coaches had overturned, North Central Railway public relations officer Amit Malviya said.
General Manager of the North Central Railway Rajiv Chaudhary said an inquiry was ordered in this connection which would be conducted by the Commissioner of Railway Safety, A K Jain.
He said a special train comprising 14 coaches with 900 passengers of Poorva Express left for New Delhi around 5.45 am while another train of 10 coaches left around 7.50 am with the remaining passengers.
The coaches that derailed are: S8, S9, B1-B5, A1, A2, HA1, pantry car and an SLR (seating cum luggage rake), according to a statement issued by the railways.
The district magistrate, senior superintendent of police and other senior officials reached the spot and supervised the rescue operation, officials said.