Toll reaches 148 as more trapped bodies extricated

Toll reaches 148 as more trapped bodies extricated

Official sources, quoting West Midnapore District Magistrate N S Nigam, said rescuers continued the search for 25 more missing passengers as the wreckage clearing operation was on for the third consecutive day.

Nigam and hospital sources put the death toll at 148. State police chief Bhupinder Singh said 151 were killed in the incident.

Of the injured, who are admitted to different hospitals in Kharagpur, Midnapore and Kolkata, 35 are in serious condition, according to officials. Three of the injured died on Saturday.

With all the derailed coaches removed from the track, railway workers toiled throughout the night to repair both lines. Train services in the Tatanagar- Kharagpur stretch of the South Eastern Railway (SER) have been restored on the down line at 3:45 am, 50 hours after the incident, while the up track was thrown open to traffic in the afternoon, SER spokesman Soumitra Majumder said.

The freight train passed the stretch, about 155 km from Kolkata, at a slow speed as rescue workers from the railways, Army personnel, CRPF jawans, CoBRA, volunteers, NCC cadets and medical teams kept a close watch on the track.
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