India Train Accident
July 11, 2011 by staff
India Train Accident, Rescuers searched for survivors in the rubble of a packed train derailed in northern India on Sunday, killing 60 people, while officials said a second train derailment hundreds of miles to the northeast appears to have been caused by a remote-controlled bomb.
Rescuers were working to reach the second derailment, which occurred late Sunday in a rural area of?? Assam, wounding at least 100. The two incidents do not seem related.
In the first crash, the Kalka Mail train was en route to Kalka, at the foothills of the Himalayas, Howrah when 12 cars and the engine jumped the tracks at the station of Malwa in Uttar Pradesh, senior railway official AK Jain said.
The cause of the derailment was unclear, but it seems that the driver applies the emergency brakes, said Jain. Rescue workers pulled at least 100 injured passengers from the wreckage, said Brij Lal, an official of the state police.
Hours later, the second train derailed in northeastern state of Assam, Justice SK Roy said.
Police suspect a bomb triggered by remote control caused four coaches of the Gauhati-Puri Express to be thrown off the tracks in the town of Rangiya, about 30 miles west of the state capital, Gauhati.
A railway spokesman said two of the four coaches plunged into a pond and the victims feared. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack so far. It was the train accident in India, third in four days. A train hit a bus at an unmanned railway crossing on Thursday, killing 35 people.
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