Emergency and rescue services have responded to the accident which occured at 5.20am local time (12.20am GMT).
According to local reports, 15 coaches of the Sealdah-Ajmer Express derailed between Rura-Metha near Kanpur, in India.
Authorities have not confirmed what caused the derailment.
A railway spokesman, Anil Saxena, said: “A rescue team has rushed to the spot and a medical relief train from Kanpur has also been sent to the accident site.
“Currently we are focusing on relief and rescue operations.”
Suresh Prabhu, the Union Railway Minister, added: “A thorough investigation will be carried out to ascertain the cause.”
It is understood two people died after they fell out from the train – but intial reports say the remainin passegers have been recovered.
Rizwan Chaudhary, a passenger on the train, said: “Our coach tilted to one side. I jumped out and saw a few coaches were derailed.”
An injured Indian passenger is treated a
Major carnage and delays have been caused on surrounding train lines.
It comes after at least 116 people were killed in a similar derailment in the region in Novemeber.
According to the Indian Railways sources, 87% rail accidents which occur in the country are blamed on poor maintenance, outdated equipment and human error.
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Source : Daily Star