India train crash(AP photo)

The standing train was waiting to leave Sainthia station in Birbhum district, 260 kilometres (160 miles) north of the West Bengal state capital Kolkata, when the express train crashed into it in the early hours of Monday.

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Bodies and injured travellers were pulled from the mangled mass of steel by emergency services and by onlookers who had massed at the site of the accident, the second train disaster in West Bengal in less than two months.

Railways Minister Mamata Banerjee and railway board chairman Vivek Sahai refused to rule out sabotage, but West Bengal Civil Defence Minister Srikumar Mukherjee said there was no evidence of foul play. Related article: India's major rail accidents

"It's not an act of sabotage. The tragic accident took place because of negligence on the part of the railway administration," Mukherjee said at the crash site.FULL STORY


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