Kanpur derailment toll rises to 146

The death toll in Sunday's Indore-Patna Express derailment in UP's Kanpur Dehat district rose to 146 even as Railways called off rescue and evacuation operations on Monday .
Hundreds of railway workers used heavy-duty cranes to remove mangled sleeper coaches S1, S2, S3 and S4, besides the AC-III (B3) bogey of the Patna-bound train. It was these five coaches that collided against each other, accounting for most of the casualties. The UP government lodged an FIR on Monday against “unidentified“ railway employees in connection with the accident.
Authorities, meanwhile, are trying to find out what exactly led to the tragedy. Many accident survivors had complained that it appeared that railway officials had overlooked safety concerns.
Some survivors said a coach had been making a lot of noise and that its wheels sounded like they were not functioning smoothly .
Railway personnel, assisted by the Army , National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and the state police, carried out search and rescue operations overnight.Most of the bodies were taken for post-mortem examinations to Mati, in Kanpur Dehat, and the mortuary in Kanpur. NDRF 11 commandant Alok Kumar Singh said nearly 400 NDRF men toiled through Sunday night.
Over 200 people were injured in Sunday morning's tragedy when 14 coaches of the train bound for Patna skidded off the tracks, leaving hundreds of people trapped for hours between Pukhrayan and Malasa stations in Kanpur Dehat. Train services on the route would resume partially by Tuesday morning, railways officials said. North Central Railway general manager Arun Srivastava, however, said train traffic on the Kanpur-Jhansi section would be opened in 12 to 15 hours.

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