40 Killed In Northern India As Express Train Smashes Into Another.


article-2639436-1E39B33F00000578-109_634x420An express train smashed into a parked freight train in northern India, killing at least 40 people and reducing cars to heaps of torn and twisted metal. The Gorakhpur Express passenger train was travelling at high speed and slammed on its brakes in an attempt to stop, but hit the train sitting on the tracks near a railway station in Uttar Pradesh state, district magistrate Bharat Lal said. Six of the cars on the express train derailed, with one car with unreserved seating taking the brunt of the impact and accounting for most of the 40 deaths so far counted. ‘We do not know how many people were there.’ While the car seats 72, such trains are often filled beyond capacity. Authorities were searching for the station master, who disappeared after the accident in Sant Kabir Nagar, about 140 miles southeast of the state capital, Lucknow. But authorities said it was too early to say what had gone wrong and were investigating everything from mechanical failure to human error.Villagers were the first to reach the scene after the accident about six miles from the nearest road. Indian TV broadcast images of them assisting the injured amid piles of strewn luggage.’I was working in the field when I heard the whistle of the engine, and suddenly I heard the sound of a crash. It was a terrible sound . it still reverberates in my ears,’ villager Ram Chander Chaudhry said. ‘Within minutes I reached there and saw the train had been derailed.’


India Train Accident

India Train Accident

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