Galashiels couple survive Indian rail crash

A couple from Galashiels have escaped unharmed in a rail crash in India which killed two British women.

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Galashiels couple "thankful" to return from Indian rail crash

Ian and Helen Calder Credit: Helen Calder

A Galashiels couple on board an Indian train that derailed say they are thankful to be back home after the ordeal.

Ian and Helen Calder were on the trip of a lifetime when the train they were travelling on came off the tracks.

Two British women died and others were injured.

There was 15 of us in that carriage, most of them were catapulted out their seats, were flying in all directions. Some left the train out the windows.

One gentleman that was travelling next to us, he went up in the air and Ian managed to catch him as he was going out the window and I grabbed hold of him as well, and we managed to pull him back onto our knee.

He certainly saved us I think because the weight of him on top of us held us but he sustained quite serious head injuries. We are very thankful, very lucky to be home."

– Helen Calder


Galashiels couple 'traumatised' after train crash in India

The daughter of a couple from Galashiels who survived a train crash in India says they are completely traumatised.

Pamela Kelly has spoken to her parents, Helen and Ian Calder, who were among the 37 passengers on board the train tour which happened in Haryana.

Two British women were killed when the train derailed.

"I am so thankful they are fine. They are completely traumatised and very emotional with all that has happened.

"They both have cuts and bruises but nothing like what other families are going through. It's devastating"

– Pamela Kelly

Galashiels couple survive Indian rail crash

The Galashiels couple survived Indian rail crash Credit: PA

A couple from Galashiels are on their way back to the Borders after surviving a train crash during a dream holiday to India.

Helen and Ian Calder, who own the Salmon Inn public house in Galashiels, escaped serious injury after managing to clamber free from the wreckage.

Two other British holidaymakers died when the train came off the tracks on Saturday as it travelled from Kalka to the Himalayan town of Shimla as part of an organised tour.

There were 36 passengers plus their tour manager on the service, which was being operated by York-based company Great Rail Journeys. They were on their third day of a 3 week trip.

Sixty year old Ian had x-rays of his back and shoulders and both he and Helen are said to be traumatised at what happened. The couple are due back in the UK on Tuesday evening.

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