At least 63 people were killed and over 150 others injured early Sunday in another India train crash.
The latest accident happened when 14 coaches of the Indore-Patna express train derailed in northern Uttar Pradesh, India’s most populous state.
The accident took place at around 3am near Pukhrayan, about 100 kms from Kanpur, the 12th most populous city in the country, Times of India reported.
“Death toll has risen to 63,” IG Kanpur, Zaki Ahmed told new agency ANI.
According to railways officials, the casualties could rise as the rescue operations are under way.
“Over 150 injured people have been rushed to nearby hospitals in the area. All hospitals have been asked to be on alert. More than 30 ambulances are pressed into service,” the IG said, adding that over 250 police officials are helping carrying out rescue and relief operations.
Railways ministry spokesperson Anil Saxena said several people have been rushed to nearby hospitals with injuries, and the casualties may go up.
Northern Central Railways spokesperson Vijay Kumar said that doctors and senior railway officials have reached the spot. Rescue and relief operations were being carried out by district administration and railway officials.
Though the cause of the derailment was not known immediately, sources said the nature and timing shows that the accident was caused by a rail fracture. However, the exact reason would be known only after an inquiry.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed grief over the loss of lives in the incident.
“Anguished beyond words on the loss of lives due to the derailing of the Patna-Indore express. My thoughts are with the bereaved families,” he said in a tweet.
Suresh Prabhu, India’s Railways Minister, said in a tweet the government would immediately investigate the causes of the derailment and promised accountability with the “strictest possible action.”
India’s creaking railway system is the world’s fourth largest, ferrying more than 20 million people each day, but it has a poor safety record, with thousands of people dying in accidents every year.
The nation suffers frequent train derailments, sometimes with tragic consequences, including another train accident in Uttar Pradesh in March last year that killed 39 people and injured 150.
Source: Times of India and Reuters