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India train derails

BY DISASTER NEWS NETWORK | BALTIMORE | September 11, 2002

As many as 100 people are feared dead and 200 injured in India after their train derailed Tuesday.

The Howrah-Delhi Rajdhani Express -- a high-speed train -- jumped its tracks as it was crossing an 86-year-old bridge over the Dwawa River. Sixteen train carriages were overturned, and one plummeted almost 300 feet into the knee-deep water.

The Indian Red Cross said volunteers from district branches in Aurangabad and Gaya responded to the accident by helping rescuers pull bodies from the twisted wreckage. Red Cross workers also provided first aid to survivors. Of the 600 passengers on the train, about half were unharmed or suffered only minor injuries.

The cause of the accident has not been determined, but some suggest the bridge was poorly maintained. Others suggest that the accident was an act of sabotage against the Indian government.


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