31 Jul '11, 5pm

One dead as trains collide head-on in India

One dead as trains collide head-on in India

KOLKATA, India: Two passenger trains collided head-on in eastern India on Sunday, killing at least one person and leaving many trapped in the wreckage, a local official said. The engine of the Guwahati-Bangalore express derailed as it collided with a local train in the Malda district of West Bengal, around 350 kilometres north of state capital Kolkata. Malda district magistrate Rajesh Sinha told AFP the engines of the trains caught fire after the collision and some carriages tumbled into a paddy field next to the line. "Some of the carriages are twisted and many passengers are trapped," he said, adding that one person had been confirmed dead. So far 12 passengers had been pulled out of six mangled coaches and rushed to the government hospital in Malda district, he said. A relief train has been sent to the scene. Anxious relatives and friends of the passengers gathered at H...

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