At least 63 people were killed when fourteen coaches of Patna-Indore Express derailed during the wee hours of Sunday morning. Rescue operations are currently underway at the accident site and the authorities were expecting a rise in the number of casualties. Union Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu ordered a probe into the accident and added that the people responsible would be severely punished. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he was extremely anguished by the loss of lives.
There have been several train accidents in the country in the past few months. Here is a brief at those which made the headlines:
5th October, 2016: Jhelum Express derails, no one injured
Jammutavi-Pune Jhelum Express derailed with 165 Pune-bound passengers. None of the passengers were among the three injured in the accident. Nine coaches of the train, including one pantry car, a B-5 coach and S1 to S8 coaches were derailed.
September 30, 2016: Bhubaneswar train collision: 2 dead, 27 injured
The Bhubaneswar-Bhadrak passenger train and a goods train near Kathojodi station at Cuttack collided with each other causing the deaths of two GRP employees. At least 27 people were injured in the collision. According to the officials, the two trains were running on the same track and collided with each other causing derailment of two coaches.
September 20, 2016: Goods train derailed, no injury
A goods train derailed at Karunagappalli Station near Kollam causing disruption in rail traffic between Thiruvananthapuram and Ernakulam sections. Few long-distance trains coming to Thiruvananthapuram and towards Ernakulam were detained at nearby stations due to the accident.
August 28, 2016: 12 coaches of Thiruvananthapuram-Mangalore Express derails, none injured
Twelve coaches of Thiruvananthapuram-Mangalore Express derailed near Karukutty station. No casualties were reported in the incident. After the incident, buses and local trains were arranged to ferry the stranded passengers to nearby towns. The cause of the derailment was unknown.
July 26, 2016: Passenger train hits school van, 8 children dead
Eight children, not older than the age of 10 years old, were killed when a passenger train hit the school van carrying them at an unmanned railway crossing in eastern UP. According to the police, the impact of the collision was such that the van was thrown up in the air and landed in a nearby field.