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at least 9 dead and dozens injured in a train crash

at least 9 dead and dozens injured in a train crash
at least 9 dead and dozens injured in a train crash

A freight train and another carrying passengers collided. The driver of the first ignored a signal and the accident occurred.

India began a campaign to improve its railway network.

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A tragedy took place in Phansidewabetween Bangladesh and Nepal, in India. At least nine people died and a dozen of them were injured after a collision between a freight train and another carrying passengers.

According to Jaya Varma Sinhachairperson of the Indian Railway Board, the drivers of the goods train They “ignored” a light signal and rear-ended the vehicle carrying about 500 passengers, lifting one car about fifty feet off the ground and derailing several others. In addition, he stated that fifty people were injured.

Train crash in India

Among the deceased are the driver and his assistant., who did not respect the signal, as well as a barrier guard and five passengers, Sinha explained. The person in charge also assured that the balance could have been much higher but that the last cars of the passenger train, the ones that received the most violent blow, were actually carrying merchandise and not people.

Praween Prakas, the police chief of Darjeeling district, where the accident occurred, indicated that the rescue operations were completed. “We are working now to remove debris“, accurate.

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India has one of the most extensive railway networks in the world.

India has one of the most extensive railway networks in the world.

For his part, the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, expressed condolences to those who “lost their loved ones” and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee called the accident “tragedy“.

Train crashes in India

India It has suffered numerous fatal train accidents as it has one of the most extensive railway networks in the world. The most serious occurred in 1981, when a train derailed on a bridge in the state of BIharwhere 800 people died. Then in June 2023, almost 300 died in train accident in Odisha statein the east of the country.

For this reason, in recent years, India launched a campaign to improve its railway network and has invested millions of dollars to modernize stations and signaling systems.

Source: Ambito

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