Some 14 coaches of a passenger train rolled off the tracks in a deadly early morning derailment. It is unclear what caused the mishap that killed at least 90 people.
A passenger train derailed in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh on Sunday, killing at least 90 people, police said. Scores more were injured.
At least 14 cars of the Patna-Indore Express train came off the rails near the Pukhrayan area around 3 a.m. local time. Medical teams were providing first aid near the site while more seriously injured victims were transported to hospital in Kanpur, said a police official in Purwa. Volunteers and local police were rescuing trapped passengers.
The cause of the derailment is unknown. Train accidents are common in India, primarily due to human error or aging equipment. Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to give his condolences and said he’d dispatched the railways minister to the scene.
Kanpur is a major railway junction where hundreds of trains pass through everyday. Trains using the line were diverted to other routes, said Anil Saxena, a spokesman for Indian Railways. India’s railway network, one of the world’s largest, is still the main form of long-distance travel in the vast country, but it is poorly funded and deadly accidents occur relatively frequently.