AMRITSAR,India (Reuters) – India’s northern state of Punjab’s chief minister said 59 people were killed and 57 injured in a railway accident on Friday in which a train ran over scores of people gathered on the railway tracks for a festival in the city of Amritsar.
People gather at the site of an accident after a commuter train traveling at high speed ran through a crowd of people on the rail tracks on Friday, in Amritsar, India, October 20, 2018. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
Declining to comment on the likely reasons behind the accident, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh told reporters on Saturday that an official inquiry into the accident was underway and was expected to be completed within four weeks.
A large crowd had formed near the tracks on the city’s fringe for the burning of effigies as part of a major Hindu festival on Friday when the train sped through the gathering in darkness, officials and witnesses said.
Reporting by Sudarshan Varadhan; Writing by Neha Dasgupta