India pulls more bodies, cause in train crash unclear

Indian rescuers continued pulling bodies from the wreckage as police began searching for suspects on Saturday accused of sabotaging a crowded passenger train.

India pulls more bodies, cause in train crash unclear

Indian rescuers continued pulling bodies from the wreckage as police began searching for suspects on Saturday accused of sabotaging a crowded passenger train.

The passenger train in eastern India derailed and smashed into an oncoming goods train on Friday, killing 98 people and injuring at least 200. The death toll is expected to rise.

Rescuers continued to prise open mangled train coaches on Saturday to remove more bodies from the wreckage.

"The toll has gone up to 98. We are pulling out more bodies," N.S. Nigam, a senior local government official told Reuters.

"At the moment, there is another compartment, which we need to cut open. There are more bodies inside and the work will go on till evening," he said.

"Cause still unclear"


"We have identified the people who are behind the incident. These are Maoists and we are trying to trace them and bring them to justice," said Manoj Verma, a senior police official.

However, the cause of the derailment remains unclear. Some railway officials initially said a bomb had derailed the passenger train, but police said they were also looking at other possible sabotage methods, such as the removal of track "fish plates".

Railway officials will begin their investigation into the accident on Monday after all the bodies are recovered.


Agencies

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