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49 dead as trains collide in eastern India

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49 dead as trains collide in eastern India


At least 49 people have been killed and 89 others injured when a speeding passenger train crashed into another waiting at a station in eastern India.

At the scene, rescue teams are cutting their way through wrecked carriages searching for survivors.

The accident happened when the Utta Banga express ploughed into the stationary Vanachal express in West Bengal.

One passenger, named only as Shohiruddin said:
“Our train was travelling at high speed and it rammed into a stationary train. And it continued to move even after the initial impact.”

The crash saw several coaches rise into the air
in a heap of mangled metal, hampering the rescue operation.

Spokesman for the Inidan railway, Anil Saxena said:
“The relief and rescue operation is going on a war footing. The coaches are being tackled, it will take some time because it all has to be done in a very delicate manner, human lives are involved.”

It is the second major accident in the region within two months. In May a train sabotage blamed on Maoist rebels killed 70 people.

In this case officials think a terrorist link is unlikely.

An investigation as to why the two trains were on the same track is underway.

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