Deadly train collision in India leaves 50 dead, toll to rise

Posted Jul 18, 2010 by Andrew Moran
In the eastern region of India, a speeding express train collided with a stationary passenger train, which left at least 50 people dead. Other news outlets have the death toll as high as 100.
A train speeds by
A train speeds by
By Lachlan
On early Monday morning, at least 50 people were killed in a train collision between an express and a stationary passenger train at the Sainthia railroad station 125 miles (200 km) of Calcutta in the eastern part of India, according to Agence-France Presse.
Television footage showed the crash occurred at 2 am and shows twisted metal. The impact was so powerful that the roof of one of the cars flew and landed on an overpass above the train tracks.
Residents in the immediate vicinity attempted to search for survivors amongst the train wreckage and debris. However, rescue workers arrived on the scene and could be seen working their way through the wreckage and removing the wounded
Press TV reports that news outlets have estimated the number of deaths to be as high as 100 and as low as 50 but Superintendent of Police Humayun Kabir told reporters that he could not “give any number now.”
India’s rail network, which is one of the largest in the world, is quite common for train accidents, notes the Associated Press, because of poor maintenance.