Sunday, November 20, 2016

At least 100 people killed, 40 seriously injured in India train derailment

More than 100 people were killed and 40 seriously injured Sunday morning when 14 cars on a Patna-Indore Express train derailed near India's northern city of Kanpur, officials said.

The BBC called the tragedy India's worst train crash in six years.

The number of casualties could rise as search and rescue efforts continue, Railways Ministry representative Anil Saxena told CNN.

The BBC reported most of the victims were located in two cars near the engine, which overturned.

The cause of the crash and how many passengers were on the train were not immediately known, said Javeed Ahmed, director general of police for Uttar Pradesh, the state where Kanpur is located.

  • However, the Times of India cited unnamed railway sources as saying a rail fracture might be to blame.

"We woke with a jolt at around 3 a.m. Several coaches were derailed, everybody was in shock. I saw several bodies and injured people," passenger Krishna Keshav told the BBC.

"Anguished beyond words on the loss of lives due to the derailing of the Patna-Indore express. My thoughts are with the bereaved families," India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted.

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