This view shows wrecked carriages at the accident site of a three-train collision near Balasore, Odisha, India, June 4, 2023. (Photo © CFP)

AU Chief Express Deep Condolences over India’s Train Crash

ADDIS ABABA – The African Union Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat expressed deep sadness at the loss of lives in the tragic train accident in eastern India.

The three-train collision in the eastern Indian state of Odisha on Friday has killed over 280 people and injured 1,100 more. The crash is India’s deadliest rail accident in over a decade.

“Our deepest condolences go to the bereaved families, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the people of India,” said AU Commission chairperson Mahamat, following a tragic train accident.

“Our prayers for a full recovery to those injured,” the chairperson said in a tweet on Saturday.

Local Railway officials said the crash had occurred “due to a change in electronic interlocking” and that an investigation would show “who was responsible for that mistake”.

The electronic interlocking system is a safety measure designed to prevent conflicting movements between trains on tracks.

India’s railway network is the fourth largest in the world – after the United States, Russia and China – and carries about 13 million passengers on 14,000 passenger trains every day.