India West Bengal Malda 7.31 Trains Collide Crash Accident

Malda, Kolkata, Aug 1: Another massive rail accident rocked Malda region in West Bengal. At least 50 people were injured when the Azimganj-Malda local train collided with the derailed engine of the Bangalore-Guwahati Express on Sunday, Jul 31.

One person was killed and at least 38 people were injured when two passenger trains collided head-on in eastern India, police say.

The accident happened when the engine of one of the trains derailed and was hit by another train in the Malda district of West Bengal, about 350 kilometres north of state capital Kolkata, on Sunday night.

One dead body has been recovered from the accident site but the Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi refused to accept that the death occurred because of the accident. While asked about the frequent train accidents, Trivedi also claimed that the Railways needs to follow the footsteps of the DGCA and constitute a railway safety board.

Malda district magistrate Rajesh Sinha told Agence France-Presse the engines of the trains caught fire after the collision and some carriages tumbled into a paddy field next to the line.

Railway police officer Sanjay Roy confirmed the one death on Monday and said 38 people were being treated for injuries in the district hospital.

Bystanders watch as rescue workers attend to the scene of a train crash in Bagharpur near Malda, some 350 kms from Kolkata on August 1,2011. At least one fatality and several injured were being reported following the collision of the Bangalore-Guwahati express train which derailed in the incident which happened overnight.

The crash came three weeks after a packed express train travelling from Kolkata to New Delhi derailed at high speed in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, killing 63 people.

India’s state-run railway system – still the main form of long-distance travel despite fierce competition from new private airlines – carries 18.5 million people every day.

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