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Sunday, July 10, 2011

RAIL DISASTER, Kalka Mail: Trapped passengers smash windows to wriggle to safety!

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PTI / The Hindu / FATEHPUR (UP), July 10, 2011.

A girl breaks down after seeing her mother's body at the site where the Kalka Mail derailed near Malwan station in Uttar Pradesh on Sunday. Photo: AP
A girl breaks down after seeing her mother's body at the site where the Kalka Mail derailed near Malwan station in Uttar Pradesh on Sunday. Photo: AP.

Trapped passengers screaming for help, overturned compartments and luggage strewn across the area — this was the scene at the site of the derailment of Delhi-bound Kalka Mail.
Desperate to get out of the mangled compartments, some of the passengers were seen smashing the window panes as they tried to wriggle to safety.
Fifteen out of the total 24 compartments derailed in the accident of which 10 bore the maximum brunt. Of these, six air-conditioned coaches were affected.
While an AC 3-tier coach had turned turtle, another coach was pushed to its top with the impact of the train speeding at about 108 km per hour.
Two other AC coaches banged against each other and stood almost vertically.
The derailment took place at 12.20 p.m. when the packed train from Howrah reached near Malwan station, about 120 km from Lucknow.
Some of the injured passengers were seen coming out of the train in a dazed state with their clothes torn and wounds all over.

Truly heartrending; when will the administration of the Railways invest in Railway Accident Safety, instead of spending hundreds of crores on non-essentials.

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