Emergency crews searched mangled carriages Sunday for any further victims after a train crash in northern India killed 23 passengers, the fourth major accident this year on the crumbling network.
Another 156 people were injured when 14 carriages came off the tracks in Muzaffarnagar district in Uttar Pradesh on Saturday evening.
The coaches were left piled atop each other after the express train derailed at 100km per hour, crashing into nearby houses and a college.
Rescuers used gas-powered saws Sunday to prise apart the tangled metal and search the wreckage with sniffer dogs.
“We are checking the coaches thoroughly for any survivors or bodies,” Anant Dev, Muzaffarnagar district police chief, said.
A large crowd gathered at the accident site to help free passengers from the damaged carriages, many of which were upended and torn open.
Some of the injured were seriously hurt but many had been released from hospital after receiving treatment, Dev added.
The government has ordered an inquiry into the accident amid speculation unscheduled maintenance work was underway at the time.
Mohammad Jamshed, a senior official with the government’s railway board, said some repair equipment was found near the accident site, indicating work was being carried out.
But he cautioned that the evidence was inconclusive and a thorough probe would unveil the exact cause of the crash.