Train Derailment Leaves 15 Dead, Others Injured
At least 15 people were killed and 150 injured when a train derailed Friday in the eastern Indian state of Orissa, reports the AFP.
Railway officials said the 12 cars came off the tracks 60 miles outside of Jujpar, near the state capital.
Officials from the East Coast Railway company said others may be still be trapped inside the train and they are worried that more fatalities may occur.
"At least 15 deaths are confirmed," said JP Mishra, a senior spokesperson for East Coast Railway. "We do not know what caused the accident as yet."
Witnesses at the scene said the train was traveling at high speeds, reports the BBC/
Rescue workers from the East Coast Railway company along with hundreds of local volunteers worked to aid survivors and clear away wreckage
This accident comes on the same day that Minister Lalu Yadav took credit for saving the state-run railways from bankruptcy.
300 railway accidents occur in India every year.