Kanpur, Nov 21: Considered to be one of the worst railway accidents in the country, the Indore-Patna Express derailment on Sunday took 120 lives.
But what follows is even worse- the gory immages and their description. While survivors narrate the entire story of the derailment, their helplessness and agony can be empathised with. Some have lost their dear ones to death, some are missing.
Incidentally, out of the 120 who lost their lives, only 60 could be identified, most of whom hailed from Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh. The rest were beyond recognition. 40 of the injured were admitted to various hospitals in Kanpur.
Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu and Minister of Railways Manoj Sinha were the first to reach the spot. Supervising the rescue operations, Prabhu assured "strictest possible action" against the guilty. The cause of the derailment is yet to be ascertained, but experts believe that it could have been caused by a fracture in the tracks.
The tragedy occurred when the coaches of the Patna-bound train took off shortly after 3 am near Pukhrayan station, about 60 kilometers from Kanpur city. The worst-hit coaches were S1, S2, S3 and S4.