No casualty was reported in the incident. At the time of the accident, railways had supposedly issued ‘caution’ for the track as ground staff was engaged in rail track maintenance.
The accident occurred at around 10.30am near Khudaganj railway station, some 21km from Farrukhabad city.
Visuals from the accident site showed a three-meter-long rail track section lying beneath the derailed coach.
According to railway officials, the SLR coach right behind the locomotive derailed, however no one was injured.
A passenger identified as Monu said, “A railway team was maintaining the track when the derailment occurred. The train was moving at a slow speed, but still couldn’t avoid the derailment.”
“A probe has been called to ascertain the cause of the derailment. It’s not clear if the particular section was under maintenance when the derailment occurred,” said Rajendra Singh, public relation officer of Izzatnagar division of Northeastern Railways.
He added, “Buses were arranged for all passengers to drop them at their respective destinations. However by 2.14pm, the affected track was restored and train services were resumed. “
Due to derailment several trains were delayed or diverted including the Kolkata – Agra Cantt Weekly Express.