Friday, 19 October 2018

At least 58 dead and dozens injured after being hit by train in India

At least 58 people are dead and dozens more are injured after being hit by a train in the city of Amritsar in northern India.
The victims had gathered near a level crossing to watch celebrations for Dussehra, a Hindu festival.
Railway officials told The Times of India the victims had spilled onto the tracks to get a good view of a burning effigy of the demon Ravana - a traditional of the annual gala.

The train was travelling from Jalandhar to the city in Punjab state, with TV channel Times Now reporting that those struck were unable to hear it approach due to the overbearing sound of firecrackers being let off.

The state police commissioner said 58 bodies have been recovered, but there could be more to come.

The speeding train did not stop following the accident, which also saw at least 60 people taken to hospital.

It happened at about 7pm local time (2.30pm UK time) and a number of rail services were cancelled afterwards.

Scores of people had gathered near the tracks

Indian Prime Minister Narenda Modi, who earlier in the day attended a Dussehra celebration in Delhi, confirmed that families of the victims would receive "financial relief" from the government.
He also tweeted: "Extremely saddened by the train accident in Amritsar.
"The tragedy is heart-wrenching. My deepest condolences to the families of those who lost their loved ones and I pray that the injured recover quickly."

Those in attendance criticised railway officials in the aftermath of the accident

SKY      News.

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