According to railway spokesman Anil Saxena the cause of the accident is not yet known but investigations are ongoing. One hundred-twenty-three passengers were injured. Among them some are in serious condition and were taken to a hospital. Rescue operations are still continuing and it is expected that the death toll will rise.
The accident was so bad that rescuers had to use special equipment to open the derailed coaches in order to save the people trapped inside. Rescue operations blocked the nearby track and as a result authorities stopped train transportation. India has one of the planet’s biggest railway network. Here, train accidents are rather common as India’s train networks serve over 20 million passengers per day.