Himachal train accident: British envoy meets the injured

Chandigarh, Sep 13 (IANS) British High Commissioner James Bevan on Sunday said he was satisfied with the response of the Indian railway authorities following a derailment of the Kalka-Shimla toy train on Saturday in Himachal Pradesh which left two British women dead and seven other Britons injured.

Bevan, who arrived here on Sunday, met the injured Britons at a private hospital in Mohali, adjoining Chandigarh, around 30 km from the accident spot near Parwanoo in Himachal Pradesh.

Two women, Loraine Toner and Joan Nickolas, both 60, died in the accident.

“I have spoken to the injured British nationals. We are satisfied with the response of the Indian railway authorities,” Bevan told media persons.

He said there was no move to issue a travel advisory for Britons travelling by the toy train to Shimla.

“It is not for me to comment on this. We will wait to see the results of the investigation. Over 800,000 British tourists visit India every year and it is trouble-free,” Bevan said.

Nitin Yogesh, senior consultant for neurosurgery at Max Hospital, said the condition of the three British nationals admitted to the hospital in Mohali was stable.

A hospital statement said Diane Logan sustained head and chest injuries and was conscious and stable, while Andrew Summerhayes was still not fully conscious. George Bertram has a laceration on the scalp, which has been sutured, and a soft tissue injury on the right arm.

Deputy High Commissioner David Lelliott also visited the patients.

Ten Britons, who were injured, were discharged from the hospital.

Those who were discharged after first aid were Halder Calder, Ian Calder, Paul Carr, Stephen Frasher, Marion Homes, Judic, Richirj, Robert, John and Christine Fraser.

Train services resumed on the Kalka-Shimla railway line after the chartered special toy train, carrying a group of 37 foreigners, derailed on Saturday afternoon.

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