India train accident death toll crosses 60

July 11th, 2011 - 8:46 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Fatehpur, India, July 11 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Rescuers are still trying to remove bodies from the wreckage of a derailed train. The Guardian reports that more than 60 bodies have been pulled out of the wreckage.

Authorities are investigating the cause of the derailment which occurred near the northern Indian town of Fatehpur which is located in the state of Uttar Pradesh. Local media says a cow might have been the cause of the crash. According to the reports the driver pulled the emergency brakes of the train in a bid to avoid hitting the cattle which had strayed onto the rails.

Rescuers say more bodies are still trapped in the wreckage. In a bid to get the trapped bodies out, the rescuers are cutting through the metal of the wreckage. Officials do not know the exact number of passengers who were in the train but initial reports suggest that more than 1,000 people were in the train.

As at late Sunday, more than 100 people who were injured had been rescued from the wreckage by rescuers made of soldiers and local volunteers. The train had 12 coaches with at least two thrown away. Officials brought in a crane to help remove the mangled coaches.

India has one of the highest rates of coach derailment in the world.

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