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UPDATE: Pope prays for train crash victims; death toll lowered to at least 275

A drone view shows derailed coaches after three passenger trains collided in Balasore district in the eastern state of Odisha, India, June 3, 2023. More than 280 people died when three trains crashed. More than 1,000 others were wounded. (OSV News photo/Reuters)

BALASORE, India (OSV News) — Government authorities June 4 were working to get rail services back in operation in the district of Balasore after the deadliest train crash in India in decades killed 275 people and injured at least 1,000 June 2.

At the Vatican, Pope Francis during his Sunday Angelus remembered the victims of a crash that involved three trains. “May our heavenly Father receive the souls of the deceased into his kingdom,” he said, echoing a papal telegram sent to the apostolic nuncio of India. The pope June 4 also assured the injured he is close to them and their families.

CNN and other news outlets reported June 4 that the death toll was lowered to at least 275, after officials found that some victims had been counted twice during the chaos that followed the crash. The number of injured was reported variously as about 900, more than 900 and at least 1,000. Two days after the crash, news outlets were consistently reporting at least 1,000 injured. By June 4 rescue efforts had ended and the derailed cars had been removed from the tracks.

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