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Human error might be cause of collision

07-20-2010 08:19 BJT

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A deadly collision between two trains in West Bengel, India has so far claimed 61 lives. The country's railway authorities say human error could be to blame with inattention a possible cause. This comes as the local government offers to compensate victims' families.

The force of the crash was so intense that the roof of one car was thrust onto an overpass above the railway line.

So far, emergency services have recovered 61 bodies from the crash site. At least 125 others have been injured.

India's Railway Bureau says the tragedy occurred when a fast-moving train slammed into another train that was leaving the platform at Sainthia station, about 200 kilometers north of Calcutta. The bureau also claims the driver of the fast-moving train did not apply the brakes. The assistant driver is accused of offering no help or taking no action to prevent the head-on collision.

Vivek Sahay, chairman of Indian Raiway Board, said, "We have seen that the emergency brake the assistant train driver is supposed to operate was not touched. No efforts were made to even lift that handle to apply the emergency brake. We have also found both the train driver and his assistant were sitting in their chairs at the time of the collision."

A crane lifts a damaged carriage of a passenger train at the site of an accident at Sainthia in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal July 19, 2010. A speeding express rammed into the back of a stationary passenger train in eastern India on Monday, killing 60 people. (Xinhua)
A crane lifts a damaged carriage of a passenger train at the site of an accident at
Sainthia in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal July 19, 2010. A speeding express
rammed into the back of a stationary passenger train in eastern India on Monday,
killing 60 people.(Xinhua)

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