Near 3 a.m. Sunday morning, fourteen coaches derailed in Uttar Pradesh State in India, killing 108 sleeping passengers. 75 others were sent to the hospital with severe injuries, meaning the death toll could continue to rise within the next few days.

The cause of the horrific accident, although unknown for sure, was most likely a rail fracture or a crack in the train track . India’s railway system may be one of the largest in the world, but it is also very old, making things like rail fractures and cracks more and more likely.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that $3000 would be provided from the government to the families of those killed in the accident. That offer is all well and good, but the real question is, what is the government going to do about their ageing rail system to keep accidents like this from happening again?

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