Officials in India, on Saturday, confirmed the death of at least 288 people in a ghastly collision involving three trains.
According to the officials, the late Friday accident, is the country’s most fatal rail accident in more than 20 years, as asides the death, it recored injuries from over 850 persons.
Sudhanshu Sarangi, Director General (DG) of Odisha Fire Services, who confirmed the death toll stood at 288 said:
“The rescue work is still going on, there were a lot of serious injuries”.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said: “I am distressed by the train accident, I have asked the railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw to take stock of the situation.”
Using his verified twitter handle, Modi wrote: “In this hour of grief, my thoughts are with the bereaved families. May the injured recover soon.”
The worst India train accident occured in 1981, when a train derailed while crossing a bridge in Bihar and plunged into the river below, killing between 800 and 1,000 people.