Maintenance equipment found at accident site; Railways probing if repair work was authorised
The authorities came at least an hour and a half after the accident, whereas the locals contributed the most to the rescue.
A total of 156 passengers have been injured and 23 passengers reported dead in this unfortunate accident.
The minister said he was monitoring the situation closely and that restoration of tracks was his top priority.
Two heavy duty 140-tonne cranes were pressed into service at the crack of the dawn to clear derailed coaches, from which the survivors were rescued and bodies pulled out till late last night.