Death toll at 115 af­ter train de­rail­ment in North­ern india

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - OBITUARIES -

Res­cuers worked through the night to pull peo­ple out of man­gled coaches af­ter an overnight pas­sen­ger train de­railed early Sunday in north­ern India, killing at least 115 peo­ple, po­lice said.

The death toll was ex­pected to rise fur­ther be­cause res­cue work­ers had yet to gain ac­cess to one of the worstdam­aged of the 14 coaches that de­railed, said Dal­jeet Chaud­hary, a direc­tor gen­eral of po­lice. About 150 peo­ple were in­jured.

The train de­railed at around 3:10 a.m., jolt­ing awake pas­sen­gers who had set­tled in for the long trip. Sur­vivors and bod­ies were re­trieved from man­gled coaches that had fallen on their side.

Ram­chan­dra Te­wari, a pas­sen­ger who suf­fered a head in­jury, said he was asleep when he was sud­denly flung to the floor of his coach.

Another pas­sen­ger, Satish Ku­mar, said the train was trav­el­ing at nor­mal speed when it stopped sud­denly.

The cause of the de­rail­ment was not im­me­di­ately clear.

RA­JESH KU­MAR SINGH — THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Train de­rail­ment: A rel­a­tive, right, breaks down as res­cuers carry the body of a vic­tim af­ter 14 coaches of an overnight pas­sen­ger train rolled off the track near Pukhrayan vil­lage Kan­pur De­hat district, Ut­tar Pradesh state, India on Sunday. See story at left.

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