At least 107 people were killed early Sunday when a Patna-Indore Express train derailed near India’s northern city of Kanpur, according to Rajesh Modak, the deputy inspector general of police in Kanpur.
Railways Ministry spokesperson Anil Saxena said the number of casualties may mount. Over 150 passengers have been injured. More than 40 people are seriously injured, Rahul Srivastav, the press officer for the Uttar Pradesh police told CNN.
Kanpur, located in Uttar Pradesh state, is nearly 300 miles southeast of New Delhi, the nation’s capital.
Upward of 70 passengers could still be trapped in mangled rail cars, Javeed Ahmed, director general of police for Uttar Pradesh, told the news station.
It was not immediately clear what caused the crash or how many people were traveling on the train, Ahmed said.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to express his condolences.”
Anguished beyond words on the loss of lives due to the derailing of the Patna-Indore express. My thoughts are with the bereaved families.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 20, 2016