FACT CHECK: Does Viral Video Show A Recent Train Crash In India?
A video shared on social media purportedly shows footage of a recent train derailment in India.
The footage of the #train_accident in India has come to the fore New Delhi: 280 people died in the train accident, more than 900 were injured, Indian media.#BalasoreTrainAccident #IndianRailways #TrainAccident pic.twitter.com/zhFvifvvdV
— Abdul Wajid Farooqi (@AbdulWajidAWF) June 3, 2023
This claim is inaccurate. This video dates back to 2019.
An Air India flight from Delhi bound for San Francisco was diverted to Russia after an engine snag on the Boeing 777, The Times of India reported. There were 216 passengers that were accommodated in hotels until their June 7 flight to California.
The Twitter post purports to show footage of a train crash in India. The footage shows two trains on a singular track going two opposite directions and then colliding.
“The footage of the #train_accident in India has come to the fore New Delhi,” the tweet reads. “280 people died in the train accident, more than 900 were injured, Indian media.”
The video is miscaptioned. There is no credible news report that suggests this train incident is recent. The video features a logo VOA this same video can be seen in a post from 3 years ago. The video dates back to 2019 in Hyderabad, India. India Today reported 16 passengers were injured in the accident including the driver.
A recent train accident did occur in Odisha, India. The caption appears to be referring to this incident. According to a Reuters report, at least 288 people died in the accident, many bodies are still unidentified. (RELATED: Did A Florida School Ban Amanda Gorman’s Poem?)
This is not the first time a misinformation has been shared online. Check Your Fact recently debunked a claim that an AI-controlled drone killed the operator in a simulation.