61 Dead in India Train Crash
Officials have not yet ruled out sabotage
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 19, 2010 4:20 AM CDT
A man carries a boy to a hospital in Birbhum district of West Bengal state, about 250 kilometers (155 miles) north of Calcutta, India, Monday, July 19, 2010.   (AP Photo/Bikas Das)
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(Newser) – A train crash powerful enough to thrust the roof of one of its cars into a bridge above the tracks has killed 61 people in India. Another 120 were injured after the express train hit a standing train early today at a station in the town of Sainthia, about 125 miles north of Calcutta, reports the BBC. Police are looking into the possibility that faulty signaling was behind the crash, though the AP notes that they have not ruled out sabotage. The accident, which destroyed a luggage car and two passenger cars reserved for those with the cheapest tickets, marks West Bengal's second major rail calamity this year.

 

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