Tabrakan Kereta di India, 55 Tewas

The death toll rose to 55 after a moving train crashed into a stopped train in eastern India on Monday.

Crews have completed rescue operations and are removing the wreckage. At least 100 people were injured.

There was no sign of more passengers trapped in the wreckage, said Humayun Kabir, police chief in the Birbhum district of West Bengal state.

Authorities are investigating what caused the moving train to rear-end a stationary train just before 2 a.m. Monday (4:30 p.m. ET Sunday) at the Sainthia station, Indian railway spokesman Anil Saxena said.

The impact detached at least three coaches of the stopped Vananchal Express, Saxena said.


One of them was pushed off the tracks and slammed into an overpass above the tracks, Kabir said.

India’s massive rail network is marred by a poor safety record.

At least 100 rail crashes occurred in the 2009-2010 fiscal year, according to rail officials.

Of the 115 train accidents authorities recorded in the 2008-2009 fiscal year, 80 were blamed on staff failures.

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