Rescue teams are at work at Pukhrayan more than 24 hours after 14 coaches of the Indore-Patna Express went off the rails but chances of finding more bodies are slim.
India’s worst train accident in six years left 142 people dead and more than 200 injured. Army jawans, police personnel and teams of national disaster response force (NDRF) were aiding relief and rescue.
“Though the chances of any recovery (of bodies) are remote, but we don’t want to take any chances, hence continuing the rescue operation,” an NDRF personnel said.
A special train carrying around 300 Kanpur accident survivors reached the Bihar capital early on Monday. The train which derailed in Uttar Pradesh was on way to Patna from Madhya Pradesh’s Indore.
“There was a sudden jerk and a loud sound. We were lucky that our coach was saved from the impact but when I saw outside, it was disastrous. Several bogies had derailed,” a passenger told HT at the Patna station.
The traffic on the Kanpur-Jhansi stretch would be restored after the rescue operation was called off, north central railways officials said.
“NDRF men are still at work. We will start the track restoration soon after the rescue operation gets over,” Amit Malaviya, public relations officer, north central railways, said.
Two coaches were still lying on the tracks and the overhead electric wires need to be fixed. “It will take another 12 hours to restore the train movement, Malaviya said.
Four trains were cancelled and 14 re-routed, officials said.
The Indore-Patna train flew off the rails in Pukhrayan in Uttar Pradesh’s Kanpur Dehat early on Sunday. A probe has been ordered to ascertain the cause of the derailment.