Utkal Express derailment: Locals distribute breakfast and tea; see images

Khatauli (Muzaffarnagar): In an amazing gesture, locals have decided to distribute breakfast and tea at the Utkal Express train derailment site. Nearly 24 people died in the tragic accident and at least 40 injured. 14 coaches of the Kalinga Utkal Express bound for Haridwar in Uttarakhand went off the tracks with one of the coaches mounting on another near Khatauli in Uttar Pradesh on Saturday evening. More casualties are feared as a number of passengers are said to have been trapped in the derailed coaches. Union Minister and Muzaffarnagar MP Sanjay Balyan, who reached the spot, claimed nearly 60 people were injured. Meanwhile, the state police put the dead at 23 and injured at 40. "Twenty four people have died, and 40 are injured," the office of the Director General of Police office said in a revised release. The earlier release it issued had put the number of injured at 400. With nightfall adding to difficulties, the railways were engaged in a grim battle for rescuing those trapped by deploying heavy gas cutters and other equipments to break open into the coaches. The accident occurred around 5.45 p.m. when 14 coaches of the Puri-Haridwar Kalinga Utkal Express bound for Haridwar derailed in Khatauli in Meerut-Saharanpur Division. The impact of the accident was so severe that one of the coaches could be seen mounted on another while another coach had crashed into the Chowdhary Tilakram Inter College along the tracks. Railway spokesperson Anil Saxena said that 14 of the coaches had derailed, while the state police chief's press release said eight coaches had derailed.

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