Divers pulled the last 17 bodies from the submerged cars of a crowded passenger train that plunged into a lake last week, but authorities said the death toll may climb beyond 130 once the lake bottom is searched.
Police announced Sunday that they were looking for the train's engineer, who disappeared after the tragedy Friday in which more than 600 people were injured.N.V. Subramaniam, a senior official for India's southern railways, said divers Sunday pulled the 17 bodies from four submerged cars and from two cars nearly covered with water at Peruman, 400 miles southwest of Madras.
Subramaniam said the recoveries brought the death toll to 130.
While divers reported no other victims remaining in the train cars, Subramaniam said three dozen frogmen later would scour the lake in a last search for bodies that may have drifted from the site.
Subramaniam said a preliminary investigation into the cause of the accident should be completed Monday. He said police were trying to find the train's engineer, T. Paul, who was apparently not injured in the accident but had since disappeared.