Forty people were killed when a train crashed into a parked train in Northern India on Monday reported Reuters on May 26, 2014.
The Gorakhpur Express passenger train had departed from the city of Hissar in the state of Haryana and was enroute to Gorakhpur when the accident occurred.
The Express train attempted to stop by collided into the stationary freight train near Churaib train station in the Sant Kabir Nagar district of Uttar Pradesh state. Six cars derailed upon impact.
Amrendra Sainger, senior police officer, stated that most of the victims were located in one of the derailed cars.
“It has been reduced to a mangled iron mesh," he said.
“We do not know as how many people were there."
Express trains in India are often overcrowded and filled with more people than the recommended capacity.
Nearby villagers were first to the scene and assisted with the rescue efforts.
"I was working in the field when I heard the whistle of the engine, and suddenly I heard the sound of crash. It was a terrible sound . it still reverberates in my ears," villager Ram Chander Chaudhry told news channel Samachar Plus reported Fox News.
"Within minutes I reached there and saw the train has been derailed."
Haryana police official Zameer Ahmad stated rescue operations were delayed due to the remote location of the incident.
"By the time police and rail officials reached the spot, villagers and other passengers had moved the injured away."
Railway official Alok Kumar stated that the driver of the express train died from injuries sustained during the crash and the assistant driver was in critical condition.
Police officials believe that most victims were itinerant farm workers returning home.
Authorities are investigating the incident and are searching for the station master. But are quick to state that the cause of the accident is unknown and all possibilities from mechanical failure to human error are being looked into.
India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi has resolved to address deficiencies within the Indian rail system.
"My condolences to families of those who lost their lives in the Gorakhdham Express tragedy. Prayers with the injured," Modi tweeted.