May 30, 2024

Biden Expresses Heartbreak Over Deadly Train Crash in India

President Joe Biden delivers remarks on his economic agenda, Wednesday, April 19, 2023, at Operating Engineers Local 77, a union training facility in Accokeek, Maryland. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz)

President Joe Biden expressed his sorrow and condolences on Saturday following the devastating train crash in India that claimed the lives of at least 288 people and left approximately 700 others injured.

The collision, described as a “three-way accident” by a preliminary government report, involved two passenger trains and an idled cargo train. Officials were investigating possible signal failure as the cause of the tragedy.

“Jill and I are heartbroken by the tragic news of the deadly train crash in India. Our prayers go out to those who have lost loved ones and the many who suffered injuries in this terrible incident. The United States and India share deep bonds rooted in the ties of family and culture that unite our two nations—and people across America mourn alongside the people of India. As the recovery effort continues, we will hold the people of India in our thoughts,” Biden said in a statement.

The Indian authorities were engaged in rescue and cleanup operations, with the Army, Navy, Air Force, and National Disaster Response Force joining forces to assist.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has pledged support to those affected by the tragedy while a thorough investigation is underway to determine the exact cause of the accident, with officials focusing on possible signal failure.

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