Rescue work ends, toll mounts to 67

  • Haider Naqvi/Gulam Jeelani, Hindustan Times, Malwan
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  • Updated: Jul 12, 2011 00:34 IST
  • Villagers look at the wreckage of train at the blast site at Bhatkuchi village, about 60 km from Guwahati.

  • Shabnam, 21, weeps near the bodies of her mother and brother who died in a train accident in Fatehpur in Uttar Pradesh. Rescue workers pulled ...

  • An Indian Railway crane lifts a damaged bogie at the during the rescue operation at Mawan station in Fatehpur district of Uttar Pradesh.

  • Villagers look at the wreckage parts of train at the blast site at Bhatkuchi village, about 60 km from Guwahati.

  • Injured passengers of Kalka mail which derailed near Malwan station in Fatehpur, arrive at Old Delhi railway station.

  • Army personnel carry a dead body of a passenger through the mangled carriages of a train after the Kalka Mail passenger train derailed near the ...

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    Army and rescue personnel search for survivors through the mangled carriages of a train after the Kalka Mail passenger train derailed near the town of ...

  • Injured passengers of Kalka mail which derailed near Malwan station in Fatehpur, examined by medical team on their arrival at Old Delhi railway station by ...

  • Rescue work in progress at the accident site in Fatehpur district of Uttar Pradesh.

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    Mingled remains of train accident in Fatehpur district of Uttar Pradesh.

After the extraction of 27 more bodies over a span of 25 hours, army and National Disaster Response Force personnel ended the rescue operations in Malwan, where the Kalka Mail had derailed on Sunday.

The last body found was that of a Border Security Force officer, taking the toll in the year's worst train disaster to 67. The number of injured rose to 249.

“Forty-six bodies have been identified and 14 women are among the dead,” said Brij Lal, Uttar Pradesh's additional director general of police (law & order). Most of the dead and injured were in two sleeper coaches and an air-conditioned coach.

Officials investigating the accident, meanwhile, are focusing on a section of the track and a joint, which don't appear to be in order. The joint was used to shift a goods train to a loop line so that the Kalka Mail could stay on the main line.

But engineers from Allahabad and Kanpur, who checked the rails on Monday, indicated that the gap in the joint exceeded permissible limits. Besides, the portion of tracks appeared slightly bent and the washers were loose. The track also bore marks of hammering. Railway engineers suspect some mismanagement during maintenance work, HT learnt.

 

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