Lucknow: A train crash in northern India killed 26 people, police said after a rescue operation to pull survivors and corpses from the mangled coaches concluded.
The accident occurred morning when a passenger train collided with a stationary goods train near Churaib station in Uttar Pradesh, India’s most populous state.
A police spokesman in Lucknow, the state capital, revised the death toll down to 26 after saying that 40 people had been killed. Almost 90 of those injured were still in hospital.
Monday’s crash was the latest to highlight India’s ailing infrastructure, a problem that Narendra Modi, who was sworn in as India’s new prime minister, has vowed to make a top priority.
Modi has promised to build new inter-state highways and a network of bullet trains, as well as addressing severe electricity shortages.