Indore-Patna Express derailment: Death toll rises to 149, train services resume

The death toll in the Indore-Patna Express derailment near Kanpur rose to 149, home ministry officials said on Tuesday.

“Out of the total 149 deaths, 125 dead bodies have been identified and out of 182 injured persons, 64 are seriously injured,” additional director general, media, Ministry of Home Affairs, KS Dhatwalia told reporters.

A government helpline has been set up for the victims’ families in Kanpur.

Railway minister Suresh Prabhu on Monday ordered a “forensic probe” into the accident.

Train services resumed on sector on Tuesday as the rescue teams called off their search operation after pulling out 25 more bodies from the wreckage of the train that derailed near Pukhrayan station, about 60 km from Kanpur city.

A Railways official said the tracks and electrical works were replaced, and a trial run was conducted for safety clearance.

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