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Train derails in India, killing about 20 and injuring scores more

20 August, 2017, 03:12 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • Train derails in India, killing about 20 and injuring scores more

At least 23 people were killed and scores more injured when a train derailed in northern India Saturday.

At least eight carriages derailed at roughly 5.46pm local time, about 80 miles (130km) north of the capital New Delhi, as the train travelled towards the Hindu holy city of Haridwar, police said.

Less than a year ago, 146 people were killed in Uttar Pradesh after 14 carriages of a passenger train came off the tracks and in January, almost 40 people died when eight coaches and the engine of a passenger train derailed in Andra Pradesh.

Spokesman for Indian Railways Anil Saxena said the injured had been taken to nearby hospitals.

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu ordered an inquiry into the train derailment to ascertain the cause of the incident.

The overhaul had been announced four months earlier in response to an increase in the number of train accidents being blamed on defective tracks.

In a series of tweets, Mr Prabhu said, he is personally monitoring the situation.

Cranes lifted derailed coaches and gas cutters were used to reach people feared to be trapped, the IANS news agency reported.

Train derails in India, killing about 20 and injuring scores more

In Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh ADG (Law and Order) Anand Kumar said that top priority was being accorded to ensure prompt rescue and relief work.

The indian government has sent dozens of first responders on the scene of the accident, assisted by sniffer dogs.

Crashed bogies of Utkal Express near Muzaffarnagar.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath enquired about the accident and directed officials to take all possible action, an official spokesperson said.

In November 2016, in the same State of Uttar Pradesh, 146 people had been killed in a derailment.

A year ago a train accident in Uttar Pradesh killed 145 and injured around 200. "My thoughts are with the families of the deceased", Modi said and wished a speedy recovery for injured in the accident.

The Indian government in 2015 announced an investment of over 137 billion US dollars over a period of five years to boost railways and modernise it on new lines.

India's state railways, built during British colonial rule, have an appalling safety record after decades of low investment and have prioritized keeping fares low for the 23 million passengers who use the network every day.




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