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India Train Crash: 142 Killed, 200 Injured in Derailment

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Rescue workers search for survivors in train wreckage. (SANJAY KANOJIA/AFP/Getty Images)
 

Monday, 21 Nov 2016 08:36 AM

An India train crash killed at least 142 passengers and injured more than 200 when 14 carriages derailed on Sunday in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh.

Rescuers on Monday called off a search of the mangled carriages. They had worked through the night with cranes and cutters to disentangle the train that derailed in the early hours, while most passengers slept, reported Reuters.

Sunday's derailment was India's deadliest train tragedy since 2010 and has renewed concern about poor safety on the state-run network, a lifeline for millions that has suffered from chronic under investment.

"The rescue operations are over. We don't expect to find any more bodies," said Zaki Ahmed, the police inspector general in the city of Kanpur, about 40 miles from Pukhrayan, the crash site.

The crash came during India's busy wedding season and media said blood-stained bags of saris and wedding cards carried by at least one wedding party on board were scattered beside the wreckage.

The derailment injured more than 200 people, at least 58 of them seriously, officials said, as relatives thronged hospitals in a search for survivors.

A railways spokesman said the train carried 1,000 people traveling on reservations, but 700 more were estimated to have squeezed into the unreserved carriages.

The largely colonial-era railway system, the world's fourth largest, carries about 23 million people daily, but is saturated and aging badly. Average speeds top just 30 mph and train accidents are common.

Authorities are looking into the possibility a fractured track caused the train to roll off the rails on its journey between the central Indian city of Indore and the eastern city of Patna.

Sunday's crash is India's worst rail tragedy since the collision of a passenger and a goods train in 2010, which the government blamed on sabotage by Maoist rebels.

In 2005, a train was crushed by a rock and another plunged into a river, each disaster killing more than 100 people. In what was probably India's worst rail disaster, a train fell into a river in the eastern state of Bihar of 1981, killing an estimated 500 to 800 people.

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