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Rail disaster near Kanpur, India, kills 127

At least 127 people are dead and more than 150 injured after an Indian express train derailed 65 km southwest of Kanpur city and 300km southeast of New Delhi on Sunday. Rescuers finished searching the last of 14 mangled train carriages on Monday 21/11/16.

The impact was so strong that one of the coaches landed on top of another, crushing the one below. Passengers said they heard the crash as they were flung from their beds
Authorities said they were checking the condition of the tracks but would need to look further before concluding the cause of the derailment, India’s deadliest rail tragedy since more than 140 died in a 2010 collision in West Bengal.

India’s creaking railway system is the world’s fourth largest. It runs 11,000 trains a day, including 7000 passenger trains carrying more than 20 million people. But it has a poor safety record, with thousands of people dying in accidents every year.

According to an Indian government report in 2012, about 15,000 people are killed every year in train accidents. The worst occurred in 1981, when a passenger train fell into the Baghmati River in northern India, killing nearly 800 people.

For more information, go to www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/33753895/rescuers-finish-search-of-indian-train-wreck-127-dead

Top image courtesy of Reuters – People gather next to a derailed train in Kanpur, in India’s northern state of Uttar Pradesh, in this still image taken from video November 20, 2016. ANI/via REUTERS TV

 

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Neil Bibby was Chief Executive Officer of the Country Fire Authority between 2002 and 2009 and Managing Director People and Innovation