India train crash – level 3

06-06-2023 07:00

A train collision in the eastern Indian state of Odisha has resulted in at least 288 deaths and 803 injuries, making it the deadliest rail disaster in the country in over two decades.

The Coromandel Express, traveling at 128 kmph, crashed into a stationary freight train, causing it to derail. Carriages from the freight train then struck two coaches of the Howrah Superfast Express traveling in the opposite direction, leading to a devastating pile-up. The death toll is expected to rise as more bodies are recovered from the wreckage. Rescue efforts involving various teams, including the National Disaster Response Force and the air force, are ongoing.

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi has pledged support to those affected and ordered an investigation into the cause of the crash.

Difficult words: stationary (not moving), derail (to accidentally leave the tracks), death toll (the number of people who die in an accident or crash).

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