The unspeakable railway tragedy in India, with at least: 288 dead and a thousand injured, from the collision of two passenger trains, is shocking the world public opinion.

With the number of people trapped in the debris still unclear, fears are mounting that the final death toll could be much higher.

According to local authorities, the operation to impress survivors has been completed and now, according to Reuters, rescue crews are removing bodies from the scene.

A night journey turns into an unimaginable tragedy as the images from the first minutes after the deadly train collision in eastern India conjure up a landscape of hell.

Overturned wagons have turned into a shapeless mass.

Rescue crews and bystanders are climbing the wreckage to free survivors.

“As I was coming out of the toilet, suddenly the train tilted, I lost my balance, I held on to something, I almost fell, my body tilted, all my things fell over,
people started falling on top of each other. I was shocked and I couldn’t understand what happened, my mind stopped working, the whole wagon was tilted,” describes a survivor.

Injured human beings lie on the ground, while the rescuers do not stop taking passengers from the train. At least 288 people have already lost their lives and the injured exceed 1000.

“He was crying and finally he died. Many people were there and were desperately asking for water. I gave water to everyone. Many people, including women from my village,
they came to help. There were many injured people at the scene of the accident. I was covered in blood, everywhere,” says a survivor.

It all started at 7pm local time when a passenger train derailed and hit a stopped freight train. The wagons fell on the other line, with

At least 200 ambulances and hundreds of doctors and members of rescue teams are rushing to the scene.

They take the wounded to the hospitals, while they try to locate living people in and around the wagons…

Hundreds of people are lining up to donate blood at hospitals for one of the deadliest rail accidents in the country’s recent history.

Images from the scene show wrecked wagons, stacked and scattered on the tracks.

By hand, with special machines, forming human chains, the crews fight against time.

Daylight also reveals the scale of the tragedy, with the bodies of passengers lying covered in sheets on the tracks.

“Of course, we are concerned about taking care of the dead bodies and getting all the living ones to the hospitals, that is our first concern,” says Odisha Assistant Minister of State.

The prime minister of the country will go to the scene of the tragedy, while an investigation has been launched to find out the exact causes of the tragedy, and why the second train did not stop in time.

In any case, according to the preliminary data of the investigation this triple rail collision is due to a failure of the signaling system.

The first passenger train was supposed to travel on the main line but was ordered to enter the auxiliary line where it collided with the commercial train.