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Utkal Express derails in Muzaffarnagar; many reported dead, several injured

Train accidents are just refusing to stop in India. In another such incident, the 18477 Puri-Haridwar Utkal Express has derailed near Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh. The train accident occurred in Khautali in Muzaffarnagar, which is just around 100 km from the national capital, New Delhi. The train was on its way to Haridwar in Uttarakhand from Puri in Odisha. Railway officials were quick to respond to the accident and have dispatched rescue and relief teams to help the affected passengers. The district administration has also started relief and rescue operations. National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams from Delhi have also been dispatched to support relief and rescue operations.

A total of 6 coaches of Utkal express have derailed in the accident. According to available information, many people have died in the accident and several others have been injured. There could be more causalities, as relief and rescue operations are still being conducted. The railways has announced special numbers for getting information about the accident. The numbers include 9760534054 and 5101. A helpline number 94544 55183 has also been issued by Meerut district hospital. As of now, it’s not clear how the accident happened. Police officials are investigating the case and they said that a terror attack cannot be ruled out at this stage.

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