More than 100 people are dead after an overnight passenger train’s 14 carriages came off the tracks in northern India early Sunday morning.
The train derailed near the industrial city Kanpur, about 500 kilometres southeast of New Delhi just after 3 a.m. local time.
Reports from the crash site indicate the train came to a sudden stop before shortly continuing on.
Beyond that point, several of the train’s coaches left the tracks, some crumpled together, trapping hundreds inside.
Rescue workers are attempting to save as many people as possible with some having to use cutting torches to cut through the steel and metal.
Transit authorities are not sure at this time what caused the derailment.
Despite the severity of the crash, officials are not surprised by the incident as it is relatively common to see crashes on India’s sprawling rail network, which is in need of modernization.