At least 120 people are said to have been killed and at least 200 more injured after a train derailed near the city of Kanpur in northern India in the country’s worst train crash since 2010. Hundreds of people were trapped after 14 carriages of the express train, travelling from Indore to Patna, crumpled into one another as they came off the tracks on Sunday. The train derailed near the village of Purwa, about 40 miles (65km) from Kanpur.
The crash occurred at about 3am when the majority of passengers were asleep. Most of the victims were in two carriages near the engine that overturned.
“The death toll has reached 120. At least 200 others are injured,” Zaki Ahmad, the police inspector general of Kanpur zone, told the Agence France-Presse news agency.
A list of 67 people who died has been released, and police are expected to name more as bodies are identified. More than 200 injured people were given emergency medical help at the scene or taken to nearby hospitals.
Television footage showed the carriages lying overturned near the tracks as anxious crowds looked on, some with bandaged limbs.
Emergency services and ambulances took longer than usual to reach the site because the incident took place in a rural area.
Medical trains from the nearby city of Jhansi were dispatched in the relief effort and cranes were deployed to lift the crushed carriages. National Disaster Response Force and army units used gas cutters to try to find survivors on Sunday morning, as hopes of finding people alive dwindled.
Pratap Rai, a senior railway official, said: “We are using every tactic to save lives, but it’s very difficult to cut the metal carriages.”
The prime minister, Narendra Modi, said he was “anguished beyond words” and announced that victims’ families would receive 200,000 rupees (£2,400) as compensation. Injured people can claim 50,000 rupees from government relief funds.
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