Indian train wreck racks up devastating 300 deaths

Nearly 300 people were killed and over 1,000 injured when a passenger train derailed and struck two other trains in Odisha, eastern India, yesterday.

„We are not very hopeful of rescuing anyone alive”, Odisha’s fire services chief, Sudhanshu Sarangi, told local news channel NDTV.

This is the country’s rail worst rail disaster in nearly 20 years. It occur as a result of the train’s collision with a stationary freight train, which caused it to derail. Carriages from the freight train then hit two coaches from the train which was travelling in the opposite direction, according to South Eastern Railway, resulting in the deadly pile-up.

Rajesh Kumar, the senior deputy commercial manager of South Eastern Railway, said the Coromandel Express had changed tracks, which led to the incident, and that the reason would be investigated, reports The Guardian.

More than 200 ambulances were called to the scene in Odisha’s Balasore district and 100 additional doctors, on top of 80 already there, had been mobilized. About 850 people had been taken to hospital.

Images from the scene showed hundreds of rescuers climbing up the mangled wreckage of the trains as they worked frantically overnight to find survivors.

Speaking this morning, after rescue efforts had gone on for almost 12 hours, Sudhanshu Sarangi, the director general of the fire department in Odisha, said: „We’re trying to locate bodies that might still be trapped under the mangled compartments. The operations will continue for a few more hours”.

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