Rescuers finish search of Indian train wreck, 133 dead

Rescuers finish search of Indian train wreck, 133 dead

Rescuers work in progress at the site of accident where Patna-Indore Express train derailed near Pukhrayan village in Kanpur Dehat district, on Monday.

"The death toll has risen to 148 after fresh casualties were reported from the hospital".

The Railway Board also insists immediate efforts were made to provide relief and rescue when the incident occurred.

In the chaotic aftermath of the accident, which claimed at least 146 lives and left hundreds injured, doctors took to WhatsApp - sharing pictures of their patients with other hospitals in the area via the messaging app. Panic set in when the coaches derailed in darkness, throwing scores of sleeping passengers over one another.

Two giant cranes tried to remove carriages that had already been cleared of bodies, but it proved hard due to the heavy damage.

At least 96 people were killed Sunday when 14 coaches of an overnight passenger train rolled off the track in northern India, with rescue workers using cutting torches to try to pull out survivors, police said.

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Sunday's crash is India's worst rail tragedy since the collision of a passenger and a goods train in 2010, which the government blamed on sabotage by Maoist rebels. A railways spokesman said the train carried 1,000 people traveling on reservations, but 700 more were estimated to have squeezed into the unreserved carriages.

The latest accident occurred at a time when the present government has been trying to make rail journey a pleasurable experience and more importantly, a safe one.

"I woke up suddenly around 3.10am and felt a tremor".

Also, Sharma had reportedly halted the train at Pukhraya, 60 kms from Kanpur, and informed the station master about the problem as well but was directed to proceed to Kanpur. "All of a sudden, I was crushed under a crowd of people... everyone was screaming for help", survivor Yaqoob Ahmed told the Hindustan Times.

One more passenger, 32-year-old Deepak Rajbhar, a resident of Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh, who was in S1 coach with his uncle Jai Prakash reportedly alerted authorities about unusually loud sound at Jhansi but he was asked not to worry. "I fell from my berth and a lot of luggage fell over me", Tewari told reporters from his hospital bed in the city of Kanpur.

"Our heads hit the roof of the train and after that the coach was derailed". I went out and saw the coach my family was in had broken into three pieces. Sunday's crash is a stark reminder of how hard it will be for Prime Minister Narendra Modi to fulfil his promise to transform the railways into a more efficient, safer network befitting India's economic power. "My thoughts are with the bereaved families", Modi posted on his Twitter account. While this does not mean that trains that have the more modern coaches do not meet with accidents, the fact can not be denied that outdated coaches are more susceptible to derailment.