Death toll at 115 after train derailment in Northern india
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.
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.