Death Toll Rises To 133 In Indian Train Accident
The death toll has reached to 133 in India after a train between cities Patna and Indore was derailed in Kanpur early Sunday morning at about 3:00 local time.
Authorities say the toll could rise further. More than 180 people were injured. Rescuers are using metal cutters to extricate trapped people.
One of the worst-damaged carriages are yet out of reach by the rescue workers and hence death toll may rise, said director general of police Daljeet Chaudhary.
The cause of the Indore-Patna Express crash is still not known even after about 24 hours of the incident. Train accidents in the country are fairly common as such of the railway equipment is old and out of date.
Indian Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu announced yesterday for immediate investigation.
The first two carriages crashed into each other and overturned after the derailment and suffered maximum impact.
Indian Express national newspaper writes both the carriages were outdate and the government had earlier talked about updating all the trains this year.
Another Indian newspaper Hindustan Times quoted survivor Yaqoob Ahmed who said, “I woke up suddenly around 3.10am and felt a tremor. The train came to a screeching halt. All of a sudden, I was crushed under a crowd of people… everyone was screaming for help.”
Most of the survivors were sleeping when the crash happened.
– India has world’s third longest rail track
– 22 million passengers travel per day by train in the country
– In 2014 there were 27,581 railway related deaths in India
– 1.3 million staff work in Indian Railways