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Backgrounder: Chronology of major rail accidents in past 20 years

07-19-2010 14:14 BJT

BEIJING, July 19 (Xinhua) -- At least 50 people were feared killed and many others injured after a passenger train rammed into the back of a stationary passenger train at a railway station in India's eastern state of West Bengal early Monday morning.

The following are major rail accidents in the past 20 years.

Jan. 3, 1990: More than 300 people were killed and 700 others injured when a passenger train crashed into a cargo train in southern Pakistan.

Jan. 30, 1993: A train plunged into a river as the bridge collapsed in Kenya, claiming more than 140 lives.

Sept. 22, 1994: About 300 people were killed and nearly 150 injured when a train derailed in Angola.

Aug. 20, 1995: Some 425 people were killed and 300 others injured when two trains collided in India.

Oct. 28, 1995: At least 300 people were killed when an underground railway train caught fire in Baku, capital of Azerbaijan.

Feb. 14, 1998: A cargo train derailed, causing two wagons to explode with fuel aboard in Cameroon, leaving 220 people dead.

June 3, 1998: A high-speed express train derailed and crashed into a motorway pillar near the town of Eschede in Germany, killing 101 and injuring 200.

Nov. 26, 1998: More than 200 people were killed in the collision of two trains in India.

Aug. 2, 1999: Two trains collided head-on in India, killing 285 people.

Oct. 5, 1999: Two high-speed trains collided into each other near Paddington, west London, claiming 31 lives and injuring 245.

Feb. 20, 2002: Some 361 people were killed and 450 injured in the fire on a crowded passenger train in Egypt.

May 25, 2002: As many as 192 people were killed and 169 injured when a train derailed in Mozambique.

June 24, 2002: A derailing passenger train crashed into a cargo train in Tanzania, killing 288.

Feb. 18, 2004: Nearly 300 people were killed and 450 others injured in the explosions caused by the derailment of a fuel-laden train in Iran.

March 11, 2004: Two simultaneous bomb explosions ripped through four commuter trains in Spain, killing at least 192.

July 7, 2005: Four bombs tore through three underground trains and a double-decker bus in central London, killing more than 50 people and injuring about 700.

July 13, 2005: A chain reaction accident in Pakistan caused by one train missing a signal and colliding into another resulted in the collision of three trains and the death of 132 people.

July 11, 2006: At least 137 people were killed and more than 300 others injured when seven powerful bombs ripped through crowded commuter trains in Mumbai.

July 3, 2006: More than 30 people were killed and some 20 others injured in a subway train derailment in the eastern Spanish city of Valencia.

May 28, 2010: Suspected Naxal rebels sabotaged a railway track in West Bengal's Jhargram, causing a passenger train to derail and be hit by a goods train. 150 people were killed.

Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: Xinhua

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