91 Killed, 150 Injured After Train Derails In India

Not less than 91 people have died, and 150 injured after a train derailed in northern India on Sunday, police said after revising an earlier death toll of 63.

The mishap took place around 3:30 a.m. (local time) near Pukhrayan, close to the town of Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh. Some 14 coaches of the Indore-Patna Express ran off the tracks at a time when most of the passengers were asleep,” a senior railway official said.

While 91 bodies have been pulled out of mangled coaches so far, those injured were admitted to hospitals across Kanpur, where the conditions of many are said to be serious, the official said, on condition of anonymity.

 

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Witnesses spoke of being woken up by a huge bang and being thrown around.

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

I am lucky to be alive and safe. But it was a near death experience for us.”

Railway network in India, 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.

The Indore-Patna Express, which is the only bi-weekly train that runs from the central state of Madhya Pradesh to the eastern state of Bihar’s capital Patna, was on its way to Patna when the fatal accident took place.

All local hospitals had been placed on alert and around 30 ambulances had been deployed to transport the injured.

 

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