At least 120 people died and more than 500 were injured in a train crash on India’s east coast. Rescue work in Odisha state is ongoing and more victims are believed to be recovered.
A train crash in India killed at least 120 and injured more than 500. According to the Times of India, a high-ranking official said that two passenger trains and one freight train were involved in the accident on the railway line between Calcutta and Chennai in the state of Odisha. The exact course of the accident is still unclear.
Around 50 ambulances are on site, the “Times of India” reported, citing information from the authorities. The rescue work continues, it is assumed that several people are still under the rubble. “It is a major accident and the number of victims could increase significantly,” a senior official in Balasore District, a place near the scene of the accident, told the Indian Express newspaper.
Prime minister appears shocked
Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted: “Shaken by the Odisha train crash. At this hour of sadness, my thoughts are with the bereaved families.”
The rescue work continued, he wrote. In his tweet, the prime minister also wished the injured a speedy recovery. Modi promised the relatives of the victims a compensation payment of 200,000 rupees (about 2,300 euros) from a fund set up for this type of disaster.