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167 'lucky' riders of Kalka Mail arrive in Delhi

New Delhi, Jul 11 (PTI): It was a train journey that these passengers would certainly want to forget but the memories of them getting trapped inside the ill-fated Kalka Mail and others screaming for help would linger on through their life time.

Some 167 passengers, who survived the derailment of the Delhi-bound express train yesterday, arrived here today with horror tales that they narrated to their relatives and media persons who were waiting for them at the Delhi railway station here. They came here by a special train from Uttar Pradesh.

Terrified and shocked, the passengers thanked god and recounted memories of yesterday's accident which killed over 50 people and injured 150 others.

”I am thankful to God for keeping me alive today. If I am talking today, it is only because of him,” was all Dilip, an injured passengers, could say after his arrival here.

Dilip along with Badal, Sanjay and Susan were travelling in the general compartment of the Delhi-bound train.

Dilip's head banged against the window of the coach due to the sudden impact of the accident near Malwa station in Uttar Pradesh.

”I could not realise what happened at first but after a few minutes we realised the gravity of the situation,” Badal who also received minor injury said.

”We wriggled to safety through the windows as there was no other way to escape. It was a miraculous escape because and we saw dead bodies all around,” Badal said.

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