Train crash in India kills more than 260 people

A prepare crash in jap India has killed greater than 260 folks, officers stated, in one of many nation’s deadliest railway accidents in many years.

A minimum of 261 folks have been killed and 900 injured in a collision involving a number of trains within the state of Odisha on Friday night time, in keeping with officers.

The Coromandel Specific, which was travelling from Kolkata to Chennai in southern India, crashed right into a derailed prepare travelling from Bengaluru to Kolkata. Native media reported {that a} stationary items prepare was additionally caught up within the collision.

TV photographs confirmed prepare carriages strewn throughout the tracks, with some piling on to one another. Witnesses reported seeing the our bodies of useless and maimed victims strewn across the web site.

“After I bought out of the prepare, I noticed limbs scattered throughout, a leg right here, a hand there,” one survivor instructed broadcaster NDTV.

A rescue operation concluded on Saturday after employees looked for passengers trapped contained in the crumpled carriages. Officers didn’t instantly say what led to the collision, which occurred close to the town of Balasore, and stated they have been investigating.

India’s prime minister Narendra Modi visited the scene, talked to rescue employees and inspected the wreckage.

Friday’s accident was the deadliest since 1999, when a prepare accident within the state of West Bengal killed 285 folks.

“There was a deafening sound, after which our prepare moved backwards and stopped with a large jerk,” Vidhan Jena, a passenger on one of many trains stated, in keeping with the Occasions of India. “I used to be shocked to see our bodies mendacity right here and there. It was a horrible sight.”

India’s railway community is among the world’s largest and is significant for nationwide passenger and items transport.

However the ageing system suffers from power under-investment and there have been a sequence of tragic and lethal accidents. In 2016, a prepare derailed within the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, killing greater than 150 folks.

Further reporting by Reuters

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