Lucknow express derails at Unnao; no casualty

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"At around 2.00 PM today, 11 coaches of the Mumbai- Lucknow Lokmanya Tilak Express derailed when it arrived at the platform number 3 of Unnao station".

Passengers on board the Mumbai-Lucknow Lokmanya Tilak Express had a miraculous escape Sunday afternoon after 11 bogies derailed in Unnao, 20 km from Kanpur.

Railway Ministry spokesperson Anil Saxena on Sunday confirmed that no casualties or injuries were reported, after the derailment of Lokmanya Tilak train earlier in the day.

"Trains and buses have been arranged for the passengers".

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An inquiry has been ordered to find out how the unfit track was cleared for movement. A team of UP Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) also reached the accident site to conducted preliminary investigation if there was any terror angle behind the derailment. The Northern Railways general manager and senior officials were also on their way to the accident site. On March 30, eight coaches of the Jabalpur-Nizamuddin Mahakaushal Express jumped off the tracks near Mahoba in the same state.

Meanwhile, a special train from Lucknow junction has been sent for passengers stranded at Unnao station and Indian Railways has released helpline no. 9794830975, 0522-2237677.

The two trains an express train and a freight train were running on the same track and thus the express train rammed into the freight one from the back.

The Railways have set up phone helplines for relatives of passengers on the train.

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