Indian train collision death toll over 280

BALASORE, India (OSV News) — In one of deadliest crashes in decades in India, more than 280 people died when three trains collided 137 miles southwest of Kolkata, the home of Mother Teresa and her Missionaries of Charity. Over 1,000 people were injured.

The Associated Press reported that chaotic scenes that erupted at night after the derailment June 2. According to the BBC, citing Indian officials, several carriages from the Shalimar-Chennai Coromandel Express derailed in Balasore district, hitting a stationary goods train. Several of its coaches ended up on the opposite track. Then the third train — Howrah Superfast Express traveling from Yesvantpur to Howrah — hit the overturned carriages.

The death toll from one of India’s worst train accidents is likely to rise, a Catholic priest who was coordinating the Catholic Church’s voluntary work at the accident site in eastern India, told UCA News.

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