A speeding train has just plowed through a massive crowd that had gathered to watch a fireworks display during a celebration in India. According to the reports, at least 50 people have been killed and more have also been injured.
"The train failed to stop after the accident on the outskirts of Amritsar, a city in Punjab state, said the politician, Pratap Singh Bajwa. Amrinder Singh, the state’s top elected official, told reporters that he had reports of 50 to 60 people dead. Thirty bodies had been removed from the site by Friday evening," reported AP News.
The fireworks display was part of a religious festival taking place in the area. A massive crowd had gathered to watch the explosive show. Many people were seen sitting on the tracks or standing next to them at the time the train came speeding through.
The video below shows the moment of impact. Warning: It may be too graphic for some viewers even though the video was shot at night.
"A witness said the train didn’t even sound its whistle as it sped past the site, where hundreds were watching the burning of an effigy of demon Ravana during the Hindu festival of Dussehra," reported the AP News.
"Shocked and deeply saddened by the tragic train incident that occurred in Amritsar. My heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims. I pray for the injured to recover quickly. Railways is conducting immediate relief and rescue operations," wrote Piyush Goyal on Twitter.
This is the largest major train catastrophe in recent years. Officials are working to investigate the incident and figure out exactly how it occurred. Please join us in praying for all those involved in this tragedy.
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