Published: Sun, November 20, 2016
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Multiple Deaths Reported in Train Derailment in India

Multiple Deaths Reported in Train Derailment in India

About 63 people are feared killed and more than 100 injured when 14 coaches of Indore-Patna Express derailed near Kanpur early morning today. More than 150 were injured as some coaches crumpled when they crashed into others, trapping hundreds of people inside.

The train was traveling between the northeastern city of Patna and the central city of Indore when the incident happened, throwing several carriages off the track, according to railway officials.

Passenger Satish Kumar said that the train was travelling at normal speed when it stopped suddenly.

DG Health & ADG (Law and Order) have also been rushed to the accident spot to monitor the relief operations.

Two of the derailed coaches. UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav gave orders for the rescue operation to pick up pace.

Eyewitnesses said the train was in speed when with a sudden jerk the train coaches got derailed.

. The Union Minister further said that ex-gratia will be announced for the unfortunate passengers who lost their lives and also to those who were injured.

Roughly 60 to 70 passengers could still be trapped in mangled rail cars, Javeed Ahmed, director general of police for Uttar Pradesh, told the news station.

Indian railway, the world's fourth largest, carries more than 20 million people every day.

Anil Saxena, spokesman for Indian Railways, said several trains had been diverted to other routes. "My thoughts are with the bereaved families", he tweeted.

"Prayers with those injured in the tragic train accident".

Train accidents are common in India, with most accidents occurring due to human error or ageing equipment.

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