142 people are now confirmed dead in Indore-Patna Express with many bodies still feared trapped in mangled coaches.
A report by NDTV said that relatives on Monday waited at the accident site near Kanpur, where cranes and gas cutters were being used to pull out survivors – or bodies – from the crushed coaches.
Meanwhile, the army has been carrying out rescue operation at the site of the derailed Indore- Patna Express even as it deployed an armoured recovery vehicle to clear the wreckage.
The army has pressed into action 90 rescue personnel and a 50-member medical team, which included five doctors.
Kanpur Station Commander of the army Brig. B M Sharma said, “We have plans to work through the night. We have put up lights. Though the railway cranes are working, we have got our armoured recovery vehicle here to speed up the operation.”
Such a vehicle is used to lift tanks and pull out heavy objects as smaller cranes are not suitable for these purposes, he said.
Sharma said the army is in touch with the civil administration and all other agencies, including the NDRF. “All are functioning together,” he said.
Brig Anurag Chibber said the force personnel were using metal cutters to open up the mangled bogies of the train.
At least 14 coaches of Indore-Patna express were derailed reportedly due to fracture in tracks in the worst train accident in recent years.