A train crash in India on Monday has taken more than 60 lives due to negligence. According to the West Bengal Civil Defense Minister Srikumar Mukherjee, the accident was not sabotage.
The speeding express train powerfully rammed into a stationary passenger train in Eastern India. A car flew onto an overpass and has caused several mangled carriages into a trap. It has wrecked two passenger cars and a luggage car.
The residents extended help, desperately trying to free survivors before rescuers arrive with equipments to penetrate through metal.
Top police official Surajit Kar Purkayastha said, the rescuers found 61 dead bodies and 125 other people were injured. The two drivers of the Uttarbanga Express were among the dead.
Mamata Banerjee, Railway Minister, rushed to the site and has taken into the possibility of another sabotage wherein two months after Maoist rebels were blamed for a derailment that killed 145 people.
“We have some doubts in our mind” about whether it was an accident, Banerjee said.
The accident happened around 2 in the morning. Uttarbanga Express slammed into the Vananchal Express as it left the platform at Sainthia station, about 200 kilometres north of Calcutta.
“For many hours it was just the local residents helping and it was very difficult to help without any equipment,” the unidentified man told NDTV television channel.
Police official Humayun Kabir told NDTV, however, rescue workers reached the site within an hour of the crash.
Accidents are common on India’s sprawling rail network, one of the world’s largest, with most blamed on poor maintenance.