Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 27 August 2014

Train hits bus in India, killing 35

Dozens of people returning from a wedding party died when train hit a bus at a railway crossing in northern India

At least 35 people returning from a wedding party have been killed after train hit a bus at a railway crossing in northern India.

Some 39 others were injured when the train dragged the mangled bus more than 1,600ft before coming to a halt, said local administrator Selva Kumar

The bus, filled with about 80 people, had stopped at the unmanned crossing after its axle broke and was then hit by the speeding train, she said.

The bride and the groom were travelling in a separate vehicle and were not among the victims, said Ms Kumar said. No passengers on the train were hurt.

Two men sitting on top of the bus escaped when they jumped off seconds before the train crashed into the bus, said Shobharan Singh, a government official at the site.

The accident happened near Kanshiramnagar, a village 220 miles south-west of Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh state.

Local villagers and passengers from the train rushed to the bus to pull out the injured, who were taken to a nearby hospital, Mr Singh said.

"It appears the conductor was driving the bus, as his body has been found in the driver's seat," he said.

Train accidents are common in India. The country's railway network is one of the world's largest and carries more than 14 million passengers each day. Most accidents are blamed on poor maintenance and human error.

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