In­dia train ac­ci­dent kills more than 100 peo­ple

The Myanmar Times - - World -

AN In­dian ex­press train de­railed early yes­ter­day, killing over 100 peo­ple in one of the coun­try’s worst rail dis­as­ters in years, po­lice said, as emer­gency work­ers searched the man­gled wreck­age for sur­vivors.

Shocked pas­sen­gers re­counted be­ing wo­ken by a vi­o­lent thud, and told of their des­per­ate search for loved ones on the train, which was car­ry­ing at least one wed­ding party with the mar­riage sea­son in full swing.

“We woke up to a great thud this morn­ing. It was pitch dark and the noise was deaf­en­ing,” one pas­sen­ger told re­porters as he waited with his fam­ily at the scene.

“I am lucky to be alive and safe. It was a near-death ex­pe­ri­ence for us.”

Many were sleep­ing when 14 car­riages leapt from the tracks in a re­mote area out­side the north­ern city of Kan­pur in Ut­tar Pradesh state.

It is the worst dis­as­ter since 2010 when a pas­sen­ger train crashed into a freight train in the east­ern state of West Ben­gal, killing 146 and in­jur­ing over 200.

“The death toll has topped 100 now,” said Daljit Singh Chawd­hary, the ad­di­tional po­lice direc­tor-gen­eral.

An­other 150 were in­jured and rushed to nearby hos­pi­tals, which had been placed on high alert af­ter the early morn­ing dis­as­ter.

Anx­ious rel­a­tives thronged the sta­tion on In­dore in cen­tral In­dia where the train orig­i­nated, many clutch­ing pic­tures of their loved ones.

Na­tional Rail­ways Min­is­ter Suresh Prabhu said in a tweet the gov­ern­ment would in­ves­ti­gate what caused the de­rail­ment and an­nounced com­pen­sa­tion for the vic­tims.

In­dia’s rail­way net­work, one of the world’s largest, is still the main form of long-dis­tance travel in the vast coun­try, but it is poorly funded and deadly ac­ci­dents oc­cur rel­a­tively fre­quently.

Photo: AFP

In­dian res­cue work­ers search for sur­vivors in the wreck­age of a train that de­railed near Pukhrayan in Kan­pur dis­trict yes­ter­day.

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