At least seven coaches of the Howrah-Jabalpur Shaktipunj Express got derailed in Uttar Pradesh’s Sonbhadra district on Thursday. “The accident occurred around 6.25 am, and we have already cleared out the site,” said Railway Ministry spokesperson Anil Saxena.
All passengers were shifted to the remaining coaches, he said, adding that the train continued on its way to Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh by 7.28 am. “All are safe, and no one was injured in the accident,” Saxena said.
Unidentified officials said the train was travelling around 40 kmph hour, which prevented any injuries.
This is the third derailment in less than a month in Uttar Pradesh. On August 19, at least 22 people were killed after the Utkal Express went off tracks near Muzaffarnagar. Less than a week later, the Delhi-Azamgarh Kaifiyat Express got derailed in Auraiya district, leaving at least a 100 passengers injured.