Over 280 people were killed and hundreds more injured in India’s worst rail disaster in decades. The incident, which occurred on Friday in the state of Punjab, involved a train heading to Amritsar that ran over a crowd gathered near the tracks to celebrate the Hindu festival of Dussehra.
According to the rail minister, the cause of the accident and those responsible have been identified. While no official statement has been released yet, it has been reported that there was miscommunication between the train driver and the station master regarding the presence of the crowd on the tracks.
The incident has shifted the focus from the introduction of new trains in India to safety concerns. Critics have pointed out that there have been multiple rail accidents in the country in recent years, and more needs to be done to prevent such tragedies from occurring in the future.
The accident has also been widely discussed on social media, with many expressing their condolences and others discussing the need for better safety measures. The full coverage of the incident can be found on USNN.