CAPITAL NEWS: Over 100 killed as Indian train derails

Indian rescue workers search for survivors in the wreckage of a train that derailed near Pukhrayan in Kanpur district on November 20, 2016 © AFP CAPITAL NEWS

, Pukhrāyān, India, Nov 20 – Emergency workers raced Sunday to find any more survivors in the mangled wreckage of an Indian express train that derailed overnight, killing over 100 people, in the worst disaster to hit the country’s ageing rail network in years.

Many were sleeping when 14 carriages leapt from the tracks in a remote area of Uttar Pradesh state, and shocked passengers recalled being jolted out of their slumber by a violent thud.

“I woke up suddenly around 3.10 am and felt a tremor. The train came to a screeching halt,” survivor Yaqoob Ahmed told the Hindustan Times newspaper from a hospital in the nearby city of Kanpur.

“All of a sudden, I was crushed under a crowd of people… everyone was screaming for help