Serious train accident in India. Fourteen carriages of the Indore-Patna Express derailed, procuring the death of at least 107 people; this number is growing because rescue have not finished to liberate people and bodies from the twisted metal. Some carriages are crumpled one inside the other, trapping inside the cars hundreds of passengers. The incident occurred in the early hours of the day in Uttar Pradesh State, in northern India, near Kanpur an important railway junction from where every day pass hundreds of trains. Up to this moment, there are 50 people pulled alive from the wreckage; saving some children with the applause of those present.
The cause of the crash near the village of Pukhrayan is not yet known. Similar disasters are common in India, often due to human error or to the age of railway equipment. According to the Times of India, which cited local sources, the tragedy could have been caused by a rupture of the tracks. Always according to the same sources, the number of victims may have been aggravated by the lack of modern carriages and equipped with safety systems which make the rollover in the event of accidents more difficult. Still missing until now an official position on the causes and an investigation was initiated.
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. Indian Railways have already announced a “compensation” of 350,000 rupees ($ 7,500) to the families of the victims, and 50,000 rupees ($ 900) to those seriously injured.
The number of established injured exceeds 150 people, but a precise estimate is impossible. The General Inspector of the police department, Ahmed Zaki, has pointed out that although the number of injuries is far higher than the people hospitalized, other people have already been medicated, and they left the emergency room with minor injuries, so we can’t have an accurate count of the number of people involved in the tragedy.