It’s being called one of India’s deadliest rail crashes in decades.
It was a chaotic scene as rescuers climbed on top of the wrecked trains to break open doors and windows using cutting torches. About 900 people were injured and the cause is still under investigation.
The accident occurred at a time when India’s prime minister is focusing on the modernization of the British colonial era railroad network in India, which has become the world’s most populous country with 1.4 billion. Despite government efforts to improve rail safety, several hundred accidents occur every year on India’s railways, the largest train network under one management in the world.