Train derails in northern India, killing at least 90 people

Train derails in northern India, killing at least 90 people

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Lucknow – At least 90 people were killed and more than 100 injured when a train derailed in northern Uttar Pradesh, India’s biggest state, police said.
The train was travelling between the northeastern city of Patna and the central city of Indore on Sunday when the incident happened, throwing several carriages off the track, according to railway officials.
“As we know a major accident has happened in which the entire train turned turtle. About 63 dead bodies have been taken out and some 150 people are injured,” Daljit Singh Chawdhary, the additional police director general, told reporters.
“A lot of teams are currently there including local police, doctors and members of the National Disaster Response Force. The rescue operations are on.”
All local hospitals had been placed on alert and around 30 ambulances had been deployed to transport the injured.
India’s Home Minister Rajnath Singh said the Patna-Indore Express train had derailed near Kanpur, in northern India and that the National Disaster Response Force was overseeing the rescue efforts.AP/UNB) adds- Police in northern India say 14 coaches of a passenger train have rolled off the track, killing at least 90 people and injuring more than 100.
Inspector Anand Mishra says volunteers and railway police are working to pull out passengers who are trapped in the coaches that had fallen on the side.
The Patna-Indore Express train derailed at Purwa, a village near the industrial town of Kanpur early Sunday.
Mishra says medical teams are providing first aid near the site while the more seriously injured have been moved to hospitals in Kanpur.
It is not immediately clear was caused the coaches to derail.
Train accidents are common in India, with most accidents occurring due to human error or aging equipment.

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