Train crash in India Death toll, 23 people Confirmed dead, 44 injured
NEW DELHI: The death toll from a train crash in northern India rose to 23 after more bodies were recovered from inside mangled passenger carriages, officials said Tuesday.
The passenger express was travelling to Gorakhpur city in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh on Monday morning when it ploughed into a stationary freight train at a local station.
“At least 23 people are confirmed dead and 44 are injured. The toll is expected to rise,” Indian Railways spokesman Anil Kumar Saxena told AFP.
Emergency and medical teams worked into the night Monday to prise open the carriages to reach the dead and injured but were hampered by a lack of specialist equipment, an official said.
“The railways were slow in responding to rescue efforts. They did not even have proper tools needed for the rescue operation,” said local administrator Arvind Diwedi from Sant Kabir Nagar, the nearest town to the accident site.
“No more passengers are trapped inside. The injured were taken to hospitals in Gorakhpur and Khalilabad districts,” Diwedi said.
Six carriages were derailed in the crash. They piled on top of one another or toppled onto their sides in fields, as police and rescue workers tried to find ways inside.