Home>News Center>World

At least 17 killed in Indian train crash
Updated: 2005-04-21 22:10

SAMLAYA, India - A passenger train slammed into a stationary goods train in western India on Thursday, killing at least 17 people, police and railway officials said.

Irate relatives of those killed in the crash stoned a vehicle carrying federal Railway Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav when he visited the site of the crash, in which 80 people were injured.

"I heard people shouting and I rushed out, but my uncle was sleeping on a top berth. I couldn't get him out," said survivor Jayanti Devi Parmar, a 32-year-old woman who escaped with minor injuries.

The Sabarmati Express train was traveling from the holy city of Varanasi to Ahmedabad, Gujarat's main city. It was packed with young people on their way to sit for tests for coveted railways jobs, television reports said.

A senior Railway official said early reports suggested the collision about 150 km (90 miles) south of Ahmedabad was the result of human error.

"It looks like a human error as the guard on duty did not give a proper signal. However, an inquiry into this whole incident will be conducted soon," M.Z. Ansari, general manager of western zone of the Indian Railways, told Reuters.

Passengers were trapped in four cars that left the tracks in the collision, prompting early estimates that the death toll could climb to dozens before it was later revised to 17.

About 300 accidents occur each year on India's railways, which operate almost 12,000 trains carrying more than 13 million people every day.

Experts say the rail system, saddled with huge losses because of rock-bottom fares and a massive workforce, has little money to invest in improving safety and infrastructure.

  Today's Top News     Top World News

China's economy expands 9.5% in first quarter



China, France sign Airbus, other deals



People urged to shun unauthorized marches



Japan asking for informal summit with China



Hu in Jakarta for Asian-African summit



White paper portrays IPR protection progress


  Iraq govt seen delayed; violence hits Baghdad
  Oil-for-food scandal hindering Annan's attempts to reform UN
  Thirty Vietnamese war veterans killed in bus crash
  Helicopter downed in Iraq, nine dead - US Sources
  Ecuador president ousted by Congress
  9/11 conspirator could face death penalty
  Go to Another Section  
  Story Tools  
  Related Stories  
Many feared killed in Indian train crash
Festival train ticket hikes under fire
Trains take the holiday travel strain
Train ticket scalpers under arrest
Ticket counterfeiters caught
Price hikes hurt Spring Festival commuters
Train ticket price to hike 15% from Feb 1
  News Talk  
  Are the Republicans exploiting the memory of 9/11?