Six dead in latest In­dia train ac­ci­dent

The China Post - - LIFE -

A train crushed six peo­ple, in­clud­ing three chil­dren, to death in eastern In­dia Thurs­day in the sec­ond ac­ci­dent this week to hit the na­tion’s crum­bling rail net­work, a po­lice of­fi­cer said.

The train ran over the pedes­tri­ans as they were cross­ing the tracks at a vil­lage in West Ben­gal, about 350 kilo­me­ters (220 miles) north of the state cap­i­tal Kolkata.

“Six peo­ple were knocked down un­der the wheels of the ex­press when they were cross­ing the track at about 7 a.m. (0130 GMT),” Su­per­in­ten­dent Pra­sun Ban­dopad­hyay told AFP from the nearby town of Malda.

The ac­ci­dent comes as res­cuers were still search­ing for bod­ies of pas­sen­gers in cen­tral Mad­hya Pradesh state af­ter two trains de­railed in a flash flood just be­fore mid­night on Tues­day.

Lo­cal Po­lice Chief Prem Babu Sharma said 29 bod­ies have so far been re­cov­ered from the car­riages and sur­round­ing flooded fields af­ter the trains de­railed while cross­ing a bridge.

Sharma said there were fears another 12 pas­sen­gers may have been washed some dis­tance from the site by the flash flood af­ter fam­i­lies re­ported them miss­ing in the tragedy.

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