Amritsar, INDIA: At least 65 people, mostly women, and children, reportedly killed and many others were injured in India’s northern city of Amritsar when a passenger train ran over them during a festival.
According to Sources, The Crowd had gathered on a railway track in the city of Amritsar in Punjab state to watch the fireworks show marking the Dussehra Hindu festival when the high-speed train barrelled down the line killing at least 65 people.
The victims were unable to hear the approaching train as it was too noisy, one of the witnesses said.
More than 60 people who have been injured taken to the nearest hospitals across the city.
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Another witness said people were busy taking peoples on their mobile phones and they were not given any warning of the coming train.
The festive scene turned into a horrific accident.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he was extremely saddened by the “heart-wrenching tragedy” and asked officials to provide immediate assistance to the injured.
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh ordered an investigation into the accident and announced a monetary compensation of 500,000 rupees ($6800) to each family of the victims.