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Derail: Most bodies beyond recognition, says NDRF


An injured Indian passenger is treated at a hospital in Kanpur on November 20, 2016 after a deadly train derailment. A passenger train derailed in northern India on November 20, killing at least 63 travellers most of whom were sleeping when the fatal accident occurred, police said. Rescue workers rushed to the scene near Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh state where the Patna-Indore express train derailed in the early hours of the morning. / AFP PHOTO / -

New Delhi: Most of those killed in the train disaster near Kanpur early on Sunday have been crushed and “are beyond recognition”, the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) said.

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NDRF spokesperson Krishna Kumar told IANS: “Most of the bodies which have been taken out from the coaches of the Patna-Indore Express are beyond recognition as they are badly crushed.

“The five NDRF teams deployed in the rescue operations have so far rescued 53 passengers out of which 16 are critically injured,” Kumar added.

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NDRF rescuers used state of art technology to cut through the coaches and bring out the passengers trapped inside, he said.