New Delhi (Web Desk): The death toll from the collision of two Indian passenger trains in Odisha state has surged to 288 and over 900 are injured.
The authorities have feared more casualties as many remain trapped in the wreckage.
As per initial reports, the accident took place on Friday when the Shalimar-Chennai Coromandel Express derailed and was subsequently hit by the Howrah Superfast Express on an adjacent track. However, India’s local publications report that a third train, said to be a cargo train was also involved in what is said to be the country’s deadliest rail accident in more than two decades.
The Indian authorities have called the army in to support the rescue operation led — in collaboration — by the country's National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF), fire department and other rescue teams.
The state has declared Saturday a day of state mourning as a mark of respect to the victims.