A man searches desperately for his nephew, who is missing after India’s train crash

A train crash in India has killed at least 275 people and left over 1,000 injured, making it the country’s deadliest train crash in decades.

The accident: Two passenger trains collided in the eastern state of Odisha on Friday night, with a total of 2,000 people on board.
* Hospitals in the town of Balasore and surrounding cities have been flooded with injured passengers.
* Initial findings suggest the train derailment was caused by an error in electronic signals that put a train onto the wrong tracks.

Search for missing: Families and friends have been desperately searching for their missing loved ones, visiting hospitals, schools and morgues.
* Many passengers were not listed on official passenger lists as they were traveling without tickets.
* Approximately 200 unidentified bodies are in different morgues and a website has been launched to help with identification.

Railway response: India’s railway minister, Ashwini Vaishnaw, is facing calls to resign and Prime Minister Narendra Modi has visited the crash site and pledged to help victims and punish those responsible.
* Indian Railways spokesperson Jaya Varma Sinha said the driver of the train that derailed first had received a ‘green’ signal and neither jumped any signal nor was overspeeding.

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