NEW DELHI Six dead in latest train accident : A train crushed six people, including three children, to death in eastern India on Thursday in the second accident this week to hit the nation’s crumbling rail network, a police officer said.
The train ran over the pedestrians as they were crossing the tracks at a village in West Bengal, about 350 kilometres north of the state capital Kolkata. “Six people were knocked down under the wheels of the express when they were crossing the track at about 7:00 am,” superintendent Prasun Bandopadhyay told AFP from the nearby town of Malda.
The accident comes as rescuers were still searching for bodies of passengers in central Madhya Pradesh state after two trains derailed in a flash flood just before midnight on Tuesday.
Local police chief Prem Babu Sharma said 29 bodies have so far been recovered from the carriages and surrounding flooded fields after the trains derailed while crossing a bridge.
Sharma said there were fears that another 12 passengers may have been washed some distance from the site by the flash flood after families reported them missing in the tragedy.