Sheffield woman killed in Indian rail crash

A woman from Sheffield is one of two Britons who died in a train crash in North India.

She has been named as Lorraine Tonner and she was travelling on a four-carriage tourist service chartered by York-based Great Rail Journeys.

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Relatives of the two people who died in the Indian train tragedy are travelling to the country where they will be helped by counsellors and staff from the tour company.

Loraine Toner, who was 60 and from Sheffield, died along with 71-year-old Joan Nichols from South Shields when the train they were on derailed. Two people, including the tour manager from York-based Great Rail Journeys remain in hospital, both in a stable condition.

The company says the majority of its passengers have now continued with their tour, with some now already in Shimla and others joining them there later today.

They are accompanied by a Senior Manager from Great Rail Journeys’ head office and a Tour Manager who will travel with the group to Delhi, where they will join our most senior Tour Manager for India who is currently travelling to meet them. The relatives of the deceased have arrived or are en route. We continue to be grateful for FCO assistance on the ground with myriad complex issues and with their kindness to all concerned. Our counsellor remains present in Chandigarh and a further counsellor will arrive in Delhi tomorrow morning. Our offer of counselling will remain open for as long as it proves necessary. We continue to monitor the situation closely from our York offices, and our absolute focus is to assist the families of those involved as much as possible.

– Peter Liney, Chief Executive Officer, Great Rail Journeys

Sheffield woman killed in India train derailment

A woman from Sheffield has been named as one of two women killed in a train crash in India. She was sixty year old Loraine Tonner who lived in the Millhouses area of the city. Chris Kiddey reports.

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Indian rail crash claims Sheffield victim

A woman from Sheffield has today been named as one of the two Britons who died in a train crash in north India

Two Britons, including a woman from Sheffield, have been killed in a crash

Loraine Toner and a pensioner from South Shields were killed in the accident yesterday afternoon.

The train was travelling from Kalka to the Indian Himalayan town of Shimla when nine carriages came off the track at around 1pm local time on Saturday.

Passengers were travelling on a four-carriage tourist service chartered by Great Rail Journeys.

Chief executive officer Peter Liney said 36 passengers and one tour manager were on the train.

A number of victims were taken to a local hospital, where three people are still being treated for non life-threatening injuries, he added.

"The remaining passengers are safe in the hotel in Chandigarh and are awaiting the arrival of Great Rail Journeys' emergency response team, led by our director Julian Appleyard and accompanied by an expert counsellor.

"The team will offer any support and help necessary to those passengers who are there.

"On site there continues to be a team of our representative's local staff who are there to give whatever aid and assistance they can.

"We would like to express our very sincere thanks for the enormous support the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has provided over the last 24 hours and, indeed, for the assistance given by the Indian Consular offices in the UK in fast-tracking the emergency visa applications we have required.

"The families of those who were fatally injured have been informed.

"We are working with the FCO to assist their relatives in travelling to India as soon as possible."

– Peter Liney, Great Rail Journeys Chief Executive

"I am deeply saddened that two British nationals have been killed and many others injured in a train accident in northern India.

"My thoughts are with their family and friends at this difficult time.

"Teams from the British High Commission in New Delhi and Deputy High Commission in Chandigarh are on their way to the area to help all those affected."

– Hugo Swire, Minister for Asia

The cause of the derailment is not yet known.

The tour, India's Golden Triangle, left for India on September 10 and was due to finish on September 22.

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