Read What Happened To Young Woman As Train Goes Off Rails Killing 100 (Photos)
A train has derailed in Uttar Pradesh killing 100 people and injuring more than 150. According to the police, 14 carriages of the Indore-Patna Express train derailed just after 03:00 local time on Sunday, November 20, (22:30 on Saturday in Nigerian time) near the city of Kanpur, India.
Although the cause of the crash is not yet known, according to the Times of India, a source said a fracture in the rail track could have been to blame for the accident. Rescuers are still trying to reach the injured and recover the dead from the twisted train carriages.
One of the survivors of the train crash, Krishna Keshav, while speaking to BBC had this to say: “We woke with a jolt at around 3am. Several coaches were derailed, everybody was in shock. I saw several bodies and injured people.”
Many of the victims were affected because they were located in two carriages near the engine which overturned and were badly damaged.
By Sunday afternoon, rescue workers were still using heavy machinery to try to reach survivors. Pratap Rai a senior railway official had this to say: “We are using every tactic to save lives but it’s very difficult to cut the metal carriages.”
So far, rescuers have brought out some survivors, including two children, bringing cheers from onlookers. According to one passenger, Satish Kumar, the train was not over speeding, but it stopped suddenly and then restarted shortly before the crash.
One of the passengers, Ruby Gupta, 20, who was travelling to Azamagarh to be married on December 1, said that most of the people travelling with her had been found but that her father was still missing.
She said: “I cannot find my father and I have been looking everywhere for him. I have a fractured arm and my sisters have also sustained injuries.”
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted: “Anguished beyond words on the loss of lives due to the derailing of the Patna-Indore express. My thoughts are with the bereaved families. Prayers with those injured in the tragic train accident.”
Suresh Prabhu, who is the India railways minister said he was “personally monitoring the situation closely.” He also warned that the “strictest possible action will be taken against those who could be responsible for accident.”
He also said that an investigation into the crash would begin immediately and compensation would be paid to “unfortunate passengers who died and to injured.”
Meanwhile, on Saturday, October 22, at least 73 people were killed and 600 injured when a train carrying more than twice its capacity went off track in Eseka, Yaounde, Cameroon. A baby, who reportedly lost both of her parents, is one of the youngest survivors of the crash.
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