Kanpur: More than a dozen bogies of a train were derailed in the state of Uttar Pradesh killing 100 people, meanwhile dozens more are injured.
According to Indian media, 14 bogies of the Patna Indore Express in the city of Kanpur Uttar Pradesh state, the train was derailed almost 100 kilometers away from Kanpur, the death toll due to the accident has reached 100 and more than 200 people were injured.
The accident occurred at 3:00am in the night and most of the passengers were asleep, rescue workers have transferred the injured people to nearby hospitals. Many of the injured victims are in critical condition and even more deaths are feared.
The prime minister of India, Narendra Modi shared his condolences by tweeting, “Anguish beyond words on the loss of lives due to derailing of the Patna-Indore express. My thoughts are with the bereaved families.”
In a second tweet he said, “Prayers with those injured in the tragic train accident. I’ve spoken to Suresh Prabhu, who is personally monitoring the situation closely.”
On the other hand the Indian railway minister has said that investigation has been ordered whereas the victims of the accident will also be provided monetary compensation.
The authorities have reported that most of the deaths occurred in two bogies which were totally mangled into each other, the bogies had to be cut down in order to retrieve the bodies and rescue the injured.
Kanpur station is one of the most important stations in Indian railway and hundreds of train go through it on daily basis.
The spokesperson for the Indian Railway, Anil Saksena told media that all trains crossing through Kanpur are diverted.
Due to the aging railway system of India such accidents are quite common, according to estimates more than 20 million people travel on trains daily.