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 rail tragedy victims travel to India

Derailed train Credit: Credit: Twitter/@AdityaSinhmar

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

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