At least 120 killed as train derails in India

A crowd gathers as rescue workers search for survivors at the site of a train derailment in Pukhrayan, south of Kanpur city, in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. Survivors said the packed train suddenly rolled off the tracks early yesterday wh
A crowd gathers as rescue workers search for survivors at the site of a train derailment in Pukhrayan, south of Kanpur city, in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. Survivors said the packed train suddenly rolled off the tracks early yesterday when more than 500 passengers were sleeping.PHOTO: REUTERS

Emergency workers raced yesterday to find survivors in the mangled wreckage of an Indian express train that derailed in northern Uttar Pradesh, killing at least 120 people and injuring over 150 others.

The packed train, operated by the government, was travelling between the north-eastern city of Patna and the central city of Indore.

Survivors said it suddenly rolled off the tracks early yesterday when more than 500 passengers were sleeping.

India's Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu promised a thorough investigation and compensation for the affected passengers.

It is India's worst train disaster since 2010 when a passenger train crashed into a freight train in the eastern state of West Bengal, killing 146 people.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 21, 2016, with the headline 'At least 120 killed as train derails in India'. Print Edition | Subscribe